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Software Developer / Architect

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€60k > 120
Software Developer
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€23 - 100
Related Information:
PHP: 25 - 75
Java: 30 - 95
Python: 25 - 100
Ruby / Ruby on Rails: 30 - 72
.NET/C#: 30 - 95
Scala: 25 - 100
Oracle/SQL: 35 - 85
Sharepoint: 35 - 90
Andriod/iOs Mobile Apps: 23 - 90
Front End Developer: 30- 70
Data Source(s):
Sigmar / Brightwater / CPL / Robert Walters / Abrivia

Last Updated: February, 2017

Technical Architect
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€60 - 120
Related Information:
Data Source(s):
Brightwater / CPL / Abrivia

Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Shortage Indicator

The National Skills Bulletin 2017 stated that "despite significant graduate supply and a number of job ready job seekers with IT skills  shortages of IT skills continue to exist. IT skills are in demand across all economic sectors".

Software developers; "mobile (iOS/Android), database (with Oracle/SQL), web, cloud; with skills in Java, JavaScript, C++, .Net, PHP, CSS, F#, Python and Ruby on Rails the most frequently mentioned"

Systems/solutions architects, database architects; "e.g. data centres/data warehousing"

3.9%
Occupational Category

ICT Professionals N.E.C.

Also included in this category:

IT consultants; software testers; systems testers (computing); telecommunications planners; business analysts (computing); system analysts; systems consultants; technical analysts (computing); technical architects; internet developers; multimedia developers; web designers; web design consultants.

Number Employed:

8,500

Part time workers: 6%
Aged over 55: 11%
Male / Female: 79 / 21%
Non-Nationals: 23%
With Third Level: 96%
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At a Glance... header image

Create and maintains software applications; designs and builds computer programmes that help organisations and equipment to work effectively.


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Software developers research, design and develop software for a variety of computer applications. Developers set operational specifications and formulate software requirements.

The term software developer is often used interchangeably with the term software engineer but there are differences in these occupations. A software engineer is engaged in software development, not all software developers however are engineers.

As a developer, work can involve designing computer controls for industrial and manufacturing machinery, building administrative and financial databases, and developing software for electrical equipment.

Developers write programmes to process and manage incoming information and deal with the internal operations of the computer such as designing diagnostic programmes to identify faults, or controlling the way a computer runs several applications simultaneously.

Software developers work closely with senior programmers and business analysts to create technical plans to meet the needs of the client. Developers write programmes from scratch but also amend existing programmes to meet the needs of a project. It is important in this area of work to understand how databases integrate with a range of web based technologies.

Software Architects are also software developers who can hold higher project management positions in the lifecycle of software development.


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Modify existing software to correct errors, allow it to adapt to new hardware, or to improve its performance.

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Develop and direct software system testing and validation procedures, programming, and documentation.

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Confer with systems analysts, engineers, programmers and others to design system and to obtain information on project limitations and capabilities, performance requirements and interfaces.

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Analyze user needs and software requirements to determine feasibility of design within time and cost constraints.

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Design, develop and modify software systems, using scientific analysis and mathematical models to predict and measure outcome and consequences of design.

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Store, retrieve, and manipulate data for analysis of system capabilities and requirements.

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Consult with customers about software system design and maintenance.

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Supervise the work of programmers, technologists and technicians and other engineering and scientific personnel.

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Coordinate software system installation and monitor equipment functioning to ensure specifications are met.

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Obtain and evaluate information on factors such as reporting formats required, costs, and security needs to determine hardware configuration.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Thinking Creatively: Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Interacting With Computers: Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Processing Information: Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Analyzing Data or Information: Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Getting Information: Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events: Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Computers and Electronics: Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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Mathematics: Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Engineering and Technology: Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

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Customer and Personal Service: Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Troubleshooting: Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

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Programming: Writing computer programs for various purposes.

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Systems Evaluation: Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

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Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Mathematics: Using mathematics to solve problems.

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Systems Analysis: Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

Software developer need to have:

  • A creative approach to problem-solving
  • Excellent communication and customer care skills
  • The ability to work with people at all levels, including non-technical staff
  • Good project management skills
  • The ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Good teamwork skills
  • An appreciation of the client's business needs
  • An understanding of confidentiality and data protection issues


Entry Routesheader image

Software Developers typically have a degree in Software Development or Computer Programming. Other relevant disciplines include Computer Science, IT, Computing and Software Engineering.

Relevant degree courses are available from most Institutes of Technology and a range of private colleges. While entry is open to non-graduates, preference will more than likely be given to those with relevant degrees or training.

Apprenticeship Route

The new FIT ICT Associate Professional is an apprenticeship style “learning by doing” format of ICT skills development which has been endorsed by the industry and government. This is a two-year programme during which candidates who are competent tech enthusiasts attain a Level 6 ICT and Professional Development Award. More.

Conversion courses are also available for non-IT graduates. A range of industry relevant taught postgraduate programs are on offer across colleges that offer similar programmes at undergraduate level.

Last Updated: April, 2016


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Organisation: Engineers Ireland
Address: 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge Dublin 4
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Organisation: ICS - The Society for Chartered IT Professionals in Ireland
Address: 87-89 Pembroke Road, Dublin 4
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Organisation: Irish Software Association
Address: Confederation House, 84/86 Lower Baggot St. Dublin 2
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Organisation: ICT Ireland
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