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Working As An Application Development/Support

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $85,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Application Development/Support Do

Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or another device. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or that control networks.

Duties

Software developers typically do the following:

  • Analyze users’ needs and then design, test, and develop software to meet those needs
  • Recommend software upgrades for customers’ existing programs and systems
  • Design each piece of an application or a system and plan how the pieces will work together
  • Create a variety of models and diagrams (such as flowcharts) that instruct programmers how to write software code
  • Ensure that a program continues to function normally through software maintenance and testing
  • Document every aspect of an application or a system as a reference for future maintenance and upgrades
  • Collaborate with other computer specialists to create optimum software

Software developers are in charge of the entire development process for a software program. They may begin by asking how the customer plans to use the software. They must identify the core functionality that users need from software programs. Software developers must also determine user requirements that are unrelated to the functionality of software, such as the level of security and performance needs. They design the program and then give instructions to programmers, who write computer code and test it.

If the program does not work as expected or if testers find it too difficult to use, software developers go back to the design process to fix the problems or improve the program. After the program is released to the customer, a developer may perform upgrades and maintenance.

Developers usually work closely with computer programmers. However, in some companies, developers write code themselves instead of giving instructions to the programmers.

Developers who supervise a software project from the planning stages through implementation sometimes are called information technology (IT) project managers. These workers monitor the project’s progress to ensure that it meets deadlines, standards, and cost targets. IT project managers who plan and direct an organization’s IT department or IT policies are included in the profile on computer and information systems managers.

The following are examples of types of software developers:

Applications software developers design computer applications, such as word processors and games, for consumers. They may create custom software for a specific customer or commercial software to be sold to the general public. Some applications software developers create complex databases for organizations. They also create programs that people use over the Internet and within a company’s intranet.

Systems software developers create the systems that keep computers functioning properly. These could be operating systems for computers that the general public buys or systems built specifically for an organization. Often, systems software developers also build the system’s interface, which is what allows users to interact with the computer. Systems software developers are creating the operating systems that control most of the consumer electronics in use today, including the systems in phones or cars.

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How To Become An Application Development/Support

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree in computer science and strong computer programming skills.

Education

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree, typically in computer science, software engineering, or a related field. A degree in mathematics is also acceptable. Computer science degree programs are the most common, because they tend to cover a broad range of topics. Students should focus on classes related to building software in order to better prepare themselves for work in the occupation. For some positions, employers may prefer a master’s degree.

Although writing code is not their first priority, developers must have a strong background in computer programming. They usually gain this experience in school. Throughout their career, developers must keep up to date on new tools and computer languages.

Software developers also need skills related to the industry in which they work. Developers working in a bank, for example, should have knowledge of finance so that they can understand a bank’s computing needs.

Other Experience

Many students gain experience in software development by completing an internship at a software company while in college.

Some software developers first work as computer programmers and then are given more responsibility as they gain experience. Eventually, they become developers.

Advancement

Software developers can advance to become information technology (IT) project managers, also called computer and information systems managers, a position in which they oversee the software development process.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Developers must analyze users’ needs and then design software to meet those needs.

Communication skills. Developers must be able to give clear instructions to others working on a project. They must also explain to their customers how the software works and answer any questions that arise.

Computer skills. Developers must understand computer capabilities and programming languages in order to design effective software.

Creativity. Developers are the creative minds behind new computer software.

Detail oriented. Developers often work on many parts of an application or system at the same time and must therefore be able to concentrate and pay attention to detail.

Interpersonal skills. Software developers must be able to work well with others who contribute to designing, developing, and programming successful software.

Problem-solving skills. Because developers are in charge of software from beginning to end, they must be able to solve problems that arise throughout the design process.

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Application Development/Support Career Paths

Application Development/Support
Senior Software Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Software Development Manager
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Manager Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Consultant Project Manager Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Consultant Information Technology Manager Chief Technology Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Programmer Analyst Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Developer Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Developer Systems Analyst
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Senior Consultant Senior Product Manager
Principal Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Project Leader Information Technology Project Manager
Enterprise Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Senior Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Project Leader Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Owner Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Manager Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Senior Project Manager Director Of Software Development
Vice President Of Software Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Lead Technician Technical Project Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Technical Project Manager Delivery Manager
Senior Delivery Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Systems Administrator Senior Technologist
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Oracle Database Administrator SAP Basis Consultant
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Owner Information Technology Director
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Application Lead 3.0 years
Project Developer 2.3 years
Top Careers Before Application Development/Support
Developer 14.7%
Programmer 3.9%
Internship 3.7%
Consultant 3.7%
Top Careers After Application Development/Support
Developer 8.1%
Consultant 7.9%

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Average Yearly Salary
$85,000
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$67,000
Min 10%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$109,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
ServiceNow
Highest Paying City
Santa Clara, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
2.7 years
How much does an Application Development/Support make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Application Development/Support in the United States is $85,987 per year or $41 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $67,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $109,000.

Real Application Development/Support Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Technical Support Developer Servicenow, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Nov 24, 2016 $118,830 -
$122,800
Support Developer Tradeweb Markets LLC Jersey City, NJ Sep 07, 2014 $115,000
Application Development and Support Act Consulting Charlotte, NC May 20, 2014 $115,000
Developer, Decision Support Systems The Men's Wearhouse, Inc. Houston, TX Jan 26, 2015 $113,000
SAP Applications Developer/Systems Support Wurth USA Inc. Ramsey, NJ Oct 10, 2015 $111,114
Support Developer Tradeweb Markets LLC Jersey City, NJ Jun 25, 2012 $110,000
SAP Applications Developer/Systems Support Wurth USA Inc. Ramsey, NJ Oct 01, 2014 $108,763
Technical Support Developer Servicenow, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Oct 21, 2015 $108,500
SAP Applications Developer/Systems Support Wurth USA Inc. Ramsey, NJ May 07, 2014 $105,789
Support Developer Tradeweb Markets LLC New York, NY Nov 01, 2016 $105,000
Support Developer Tradeweb Markets LLC New York, NY Sep 08, 2015 $100,000
Application Development and Support Act Consulting Charlotte, NC Aug 29, 2011 $100,000
Development Support Sap Labs, LLC Palo Alto, CA Sep 20, 2016 $98,600
Support Tools Developer Philips Electronics North America Corporation Bothell, WA Jul 11, 2016 $95,000
SAP Applications Developer/Systems Support Wurth USA Inc. Ramsey, NJ Dec 15, 2011 $85,530
Applications Developer, Mortgage Support Services JP Morgan Chase & Co Lewisville, TX Dec 03, 2014 $85,000
Applications Development & Support III The University of Iowa Iowa City, IA May 11, 2011 $84,231
Decision Support Application Developer University of Nevada, Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV Jan 15, 2015 $82,500
Applications Development & Support III The University of Iowa Iowa City, IA Jul 01, 2009 $82,000
WMS Support Developer Edgepark Medical Supplies Twinsburg, OH Oct 04, 2010 $80,000
Support Developer Astea International, Inc. Horsham, PA Dec 04, 2015 $80,000
Business Applications Developer/Support I Synopsys, Inc. Mountain View, CA Oct 01, 2011 $68,286 -
$143,286
Applications Development and Support III The University of Iowa Iowa City, IA Dec 14, 2011 $66,300
Application Development Support Vedicsoft Solutions LLC Morrisville, NC Apr 06, 2015 $65,936
Applications & Development Support II The University of Iowa Iowa City, IA Dec 18, 2010 $65,632
Applications Development & Support II The University of Iowa Iowa City, IA May 15, 2010 $65,313
Biztalk Developer and Support Arvato Digital Services LLC Santa Clarita, CA Oct 01, 2011 $65,000

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Top Skills for An Application Development/Support

  1. Pl/Sql
  2. Web Application
  3. Database
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintained and wrote store PL/SQL blocks and views to process and retrieve data.
  • Facilitated security assessment on existing web applications and implemented code changes that resolved SQL injection related issues in these web applications.
  • Worked with business partners to implement database corrections.
  • Complete software application development and technical support for judicial system case-management software.
  • Involved in end user Environment: SQL, PL/SQL, SQL*Loader, Windows XP, UNIX.

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Top 10 Best States for Application Development/Supports

  1. Washington
  2. Colorado
  3. Virginia
  4. Massachusetts
  5. District of Columbia
  6. North Carolina
  7. Connecticut
  8. California
  9. Rhode Island
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Application Development/Support Demographics

Gender

Male

67.0%

Female

22.3%

Unknown

10.7%
Ethnicity

White

51.0%

Asian

20.7%

Hispanic or Latino

12.8%

Black or African American

10.1%

Unknown

5.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

44.4%

Chinese

22.2%

Korean

11.1%

Vietnamese

11.1%

Japanese

11.1%
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Application Development/Support Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.4%

Illinois Institute of Technology

8.5%

Texas A&M University

8.5%

More Tech Institute

8.5%

University of Houston

6.6%

University of Texas at Austin

5.7%

University of the West

4.7%

Pennsylvania State University

4.7%

Georgia State University

4.7%

Austin Community College

4.7%

University of Pennsylvania

3.8%

Sacred Heart University

3.8%

National University

3.8%

Strayer University

3.8%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.8%

Clarendon College

2.8%

Miami University

2.8%

Chapman University

2.8%

Villanova University

2.8%

Webster University

2.8%
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Majors

Computer Science

29.8%

Business

9.9%

Electrical Engineering

9.9%

Information Technology

7.4%

Computer Engineering

6.6%

Computer Information Systems

6.2%

Computer Applications

5.0%

Engineering

3.8%

Information Systems

3.6%

Biology

2.2%

Project Management

1.8%

Computer Networking

1.8%

Computer Programming

1.6%

Management

1.6%

Communication

1.6%

Mathematics

1.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.4%

Psychology

1.4%

Finance

1.4%

Management Information Systems

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

49.0%

Masters

26.6%

Other

13.1%

Associate

5.9%

Certificate

2.1%

Diploma

1.7%

Doctorate

1.7%
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