What does a Senior Principal Software Developer do?

A Software Developer serves as a member of the software development team. They aid in the innovation and creation of company software and programs. Generally found in tech-heavy industries and large corporations, a Software Developer will work alongside a team of programmers to code programs that meet the need of the company or client. They seek to facilitate the proper design and implementation of software. From detailed computer coding to innovative design, a Software Developer is an asset when creating a seamless software experience for customers.

A Software Developer will usually hold a degree in Computer Science or Computer Engineering. A Software Developer works on both technical and design aspects of software projects. A proactive approach to problem-solving as well as a detailed understanding of coding is essential. Additionally, employers may seek to hire those with specialized certifications in computer languages such as Java or PHP. The most desirable Software Developer candidates will possess a positive teamwork approach and seek to continually improve their skill-set.

  • Collaborate with team members to determine best practices and client requirements for software
  • Develop intuitive software that meets and exceeds the needs of the company
  • Professionally maintain all software and create updates regularly to address customer and company concerns
  • Analyze and test programs and products before formal launch
  • Troubleshoot coding problems quickly and efficiently to ensure a productive workplace
  • Ensure software security by developing programs to actively monitor the sharing of private information
  • Actively seek ways to improve business software processes and interactions
  • Aid and support the coaching and training of other team members to ensure all employees are confident in the use of software applications
  • 3-5 years of experience developing and implementing software applications
  • Professional program certification in Java is strongly preferred
  • Experience working on large-scale software projects
  • Professional experience using cybersecurity and open source technology
  • Experience developing software utilizing various coding languages including Java, C++, PHP and more
  • Outstanding collaboration and communication skills are essential
  • Experience developing secure software systems based upon industry specifications
  • Analyze code for weaknesses and errors, and present detailed plans to improve them
  • Experience developing customized code for multiple projects simultaneously
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
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Career Opportunity
3.7 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Senior Principal Software Developer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$153,455 /yr
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Not including cash compensation
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Senior Principal Software Developer Career Path

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Phocas SoftwarePhocas Software
Software Developer
29 Apr 2020

“I would highly recommend others to apply and work in this awesome and fun workplace.”

IOS Software Developer
28 Aug 2020

“There's no politics to deal with and meetings are kept to a minimum which is great as a developer.”

Computer ProfessionalsComputer Professionals
Software Developer
1 Feb 2021

“very low salary and development is not guaranteed if you have been deployed as a support.”

Software Developer
17 Jan 2020

“It is good for those people who want to have a great career in software development and software testing.”

Pulte MortgagePulte Mortgage
Software Developer
20 May 2020

“My particular position within the IS department was not very challenging and there was no opportunity for career advancement.”

Software Developer
23 Oct 2021

“401(k) matching is not great (50% up to 6%? Pretty sad honestly)”

Software Developer
14 Dec 2019

“Even though there was room to grow and progress your career there could be more opportunities”

Roll on Road
Software Developer
26 Oct 2021

“Am the only employee working here not a very good work and all of the work is done in the evening”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a senior principal software developer

When working as a senior principal software developer, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Consulting, Microsoft .NET, Agile Scrum, MySQL and Ios Android.

The most similar professions to senior principal software developer are:
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The most common qualifications to become a senior principal software developer is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.