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Working As An Application Software Developer

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

  • $90,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Application Software Developer 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 Software Developer

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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Average Length of Employment
Systems Developer 3.1 years
Software Engineer 3.0 years
Software Developer 2.6 years
Solution Developer 2.3 years
Developer 2.2 years
Contract Developer 2.1 years
Junior Developer 1.4 years
Top Employers Before
Programmer 7.3%
Developer 3.5%
Consultant 2.8%
Internship 2.8%
Top Employers After
Analyst 3.8%
Programmer 3.1%

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Application Software Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

70.3%

Female

26.3%

Unknown

3.4%
Ethnicity

White

61.7%

Asian

24.9%

Hispanic or Latino

8.0%

Unknown

4.2%

Black or African American

1.2%
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Languages Spoken

Carrier

22.2%

Gujarati

11.1%

Ukrainian

11.1%

French

11.1%

Russian

11.1%

Hindi

11.1%

Spanish

11.1%

Mandarin

11.1%
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Application Software Developer Education

Schools

Purdue University

9.2%

University of Texas at Dallas

7.7%

Northeastern University

6.2%

University of Phoenix

6.2%

University of Southern California

6.2%

More Tech Institute

6.2%

Illinois Institute of Technology

6.2%

Syracuse University

4.6%

Merrimack College

4.6%

San Jose State University

4.6%

University of Washington

4.6%

Ohio State University

4.6%

University of Illinois at Chicago

4.6%

Pennsylvania State University

4.6%

University of Cincinnati

4.6%

University of Florida

3.1%

Xavier University

3.1%

University of Maryland - University College

3.1%

Marylhurst University

3.1%

Florida Institute of Technology-Melbourne

3.1%
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Majors

Computer Science

39.2%

Computer Engineering

9.1%

Business

8.4%

Electrical Engineering

8.4%

Computer Information Systems

4.9%

Mathematics

3.8%

Information Technology

3.8%

Management Information Systems

3.5%

Information Systems

3.1%

Computer Applications

1.7%

Mathematics And Computer Science

1.7%

Engineering

1.7%

Management

1.4%

Project Management

1.4%

Finance

1.4%

Chemistry

1.4%

Computer Programming

1.4%

Education

1.4%

Psychology

1.0%

Information Sciences

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.2%

Masters

36.4%

Other

10.4%

Associate

4.4%

Doctorate

1.9%

Certificate

1.4%

Diploma

0.3%
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Real Application Software Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Software Developers, Applications Mprsoft Inc. Ashburn, VA May 31, 2017 $131,000
Software Developers, Applications Istream Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Jun 16, 2017 $130,333
Software Developers, Applications SQA Concepts, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 19, 2017 $130,333
Software Developers, Applications Vivsoft Technologies LLC Ashburn, VA Sep 21, 2017 $130,333
Software Developers, Applications Advancesoft Inc. Ashburn, VA Jun 21, 2017 $130,000
Software Developers, Applications Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Jun 04, 2014 $122,886
Software Developers, Applications Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Jun 19, 2014 $122,886
Software Developers, Applications Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 19, 2014 $122,886
Software Developers, Applications Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Jun 24, 2014 $122,886
Software Developers, Applications Southport Services Group, LLC Ashburn, VA Sep 02, 2014 $122,886
Software Developers, Applications Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Jul 10, 2014 $122,886
Software Developers, Applications Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 26, 2014 $122,886
Software Developers, Applications Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA May 21, 2014 $122,886
Software Developers, Applications Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 17, 2014 $120,050
Software Developers, Applications Realty Direct, Inc. Ashburn, VA Feb 21, 2013 $120,020 -
$130,000
Software Developers, Applications Dfuse Technologies Ashburn, VA Apr 03, 2014 $120,016
Software Developers, Applications IBTS Ashburn, VA Jul 17, 2017 $118,600
Software Developers, Applications Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA May 14, 2014 $116,397
Software Developers, Applications Pioneer Corporate Services Inc. Ashburn, VA Feb 28, 2013 $116,397 -
$116,397
Software Developers, Applications ICSA Inc. Ashburn, VA Jun 20, 2017 $110,500
Software Developers, Applications Beyondsoa Solutions, Inc. Ashburn, VA May 05, 2017 $110,490 -
$120,000
Software Developers, Applications Arustek Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA May 20, 2014 $104,000
Software Developers, Applications Verizon Communications Inc., & All Its Subsidiaries & Affiliates Ashburn, VA May 23, 2017 $103,734
Software Developers, Applications Dimension Consulting Ashburn, VA Apr 02, 2013 $103,501
Software Developers, Applications Zillion Technologies, Inc. Ashburn, VA May 15, 2013 $103,501
Software Developers, Applications Sun Global Technologies, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 08, 2013 $100,090
Software Developers, Applications Reverb Networks Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 20, 2012 $100,090
Software Developers, Applications Med-Strategies, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 07, 2012 $100,090
Software Developers, Applications, Non R & D (Acwia Only) Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA May 29, 2014 $95,100 -
$135,000
Software Developers, Applications Verizon Communications Inc., & All Its Subsidiaries & Affiliates Ashburn, VA Jul 17, 2014 $95,000
Software Developers, Applications Verizon Communications Inc., & All Its Subsidiaries & Affiliates Ashburn, VA Jun 04, 2014 $94,500
Software Developers, Applications) Verizon Communications Inc., & All Its Subsidiaries & Affiliates Ashburn, VA Jun 26, 2012 $94,000 -
$100,000
Software Developers, Applications Verizon Communications Inc., & All Its Subsidiaries & Affiliates Ashburn, VA Mar 25, 2013 $94,000
Software Developers, Applications Verizon Communications Inc., & All Its Subsidiaries & Affiliates Ashburn, VA Jun 23, 2014 $94,000
Software Developers, Applications Verizon Communications Inc., & All Its Subsidiaries & Affiliates Ashburn, VA May 02, 2014 $93,000
Software Developers, Applications Pioneer Corporate Services Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 11, 2014 $91,500
Software Developers, Applications Pioneer Corporate Services Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 23, 2014 $91,500
Software Developers, Applications Zillion Technologies, Inc. Ashburn, VA May 24, 2017 $90,646
Software Developers, Applications Zillion Technologies, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jun 21, 2017 $90,646
Software Developers, Applications Viewsoft Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 05, 2017 $90,646
Software Developers, Applications Zillion Technologies, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 21, 2017 $90,646
Software Developers, Applications Viewsoft Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 27, 2017 $90,646
Software Developers, Applications Viewsoft Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 19, 2017 $90,646
Software Developers, Applications Advancesoft Inc. Ashburn, VA Apr 28, 2017 $90,646
Software Developers, Applications Verizon Communications Inc., & All Its Subsidiaries & Affiliates Ashburn, VA Aug 20, 2013 $90,000
Software Developers, Applications Verizon Communications Inc., & All Its Subsidiaries & Affiliates Ashburn, VA Nov 01, 2012 $90,000
Software Developer Applications Pinogy Corp. Ashburn, VA Feb 09, 2016 $90,000
Software Developers, Applications Pioneer Corporate Services Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 23, 2014 $90,000
Software Developers, Applications Pioneer Corporate Services Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 17, 2014 $90,000
Software Developers, Applications Pioneer Corporate Services Inc. Ashburn, VA Nov 15, 2013 $90,000
Software Developers, Applications Verizon Communications Inc., & All Its Subsidiaries & Affiliates Ashburn, VA Sep 06, 2013 $89,500
Software Developers, Applications Radical Software Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 18, 2014 $87,422
Software Developers, Applications Zillion Technologies, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jun 23, 2014 $87,422
Software Developers, Applications Zillion Technologies, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 27, 2014 $87,006
Software Developers, Applications Zillion Technologies, Inc. Ashburn, VA Nov 01, 2013 $87,006
Software Developers, Applications Zillion Technologies, Inc. Ashburn, VA May 29, 2014 $87,006
Software Developers, Applications Zillion Technologies, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jun 10, 2014 $87,006
Software Developers, Applications Applet Systems LLC Ashburn, VA Apr 02, 2014 $87,006
Software Developers, Applications Zillion Technologies, Inc. Ashburn, VA Dec 24, 2013 $87,006
Software Developers, Applications Zillion Technologies, Inc. Ashburn, VA Feb 03, 2014 $87,006
Software Developers, Applications Zillion Technologies, Inc. Ashburn, VA Nov 25, 2013 $87,006
Software Developers, Applications Zillion Technologies, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 31, 2014 $87,006
Software Developers, Applications Pioneer Corporate Services Inc. Ashburn, VA Nov 30, 2012 $87,000
Software Developers, Applications Pioneer Corporate Services Inc. Ashburn, VA Nov 16, 2012 $87,000
Software Developers, Applications Pioneer Corporate Services Inc. Ashburn, VA Feb 28, 2013 $87,000 -
$107,000
Software Developers, Applications Pioneer Corporate Services Inc. Ashburn, VA Jul 30, 2013 $87,000
Software Developers, Applications Pioneer Corporate Services Inc. Ashburn, VA Jul 27, 2012 $87,000
Software Developers, Applications Pioneer Corporate Services Inc. Ashburn, VA Mar 18, 2013 $87,000
Software Developers, Applications Pioneer Corporate Services Inc. Ashburn, VA Jul 02, 2012 $87,000
Software Developers, Applications Pioneer Corporate Services Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 08, 2012 $87,000
Software Developers, Applications Navitas Business Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA Mar 22, 2013 $84,000
Software Developers, Applications Navitas Business Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA Dec 06, 2012 $84,000
Software Developers, Applications Navitas Business Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA Feb 07, 2013 $84,000
Software Developers, Applications Navitas Business Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA Nov 20, 2012 $84,000
Software Developers, Applications Navitas Business Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA Nov 04, 2013 $84,000
Software Developers, Applications Zillion Technologies, Inc. Ashburn, VA Feb 28, 2013 $83,762
Software Developers, Applications Dimension Consulting Ashburn, VA Dec 27, 2013 $83,762
Software Developers, Applications Baysis Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 31, 2012 $83,762
Software Developers, Applications Solebrity, Inc. Ashburn, VA May 30, 2017 $80,000
Software Developers, Applications Pioneer Corporate Services Inc. Ashburn, VA Jul 02, 2012 $75,900
Software Developers, Applications Pioneer Corporate Services Inc. Ashburn, VA May 20, 2014 $75,900
Software Application Developer Pinnacle Technical Resources, Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 01, 2011 $75,132
Software Developer Applications Solebrity, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 28, 2017 $71,041
Software Developer Applications Solebrity, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 20, 2017 $71,041
Software Developers, Applications Solebrity, Inc. Ashburn, VA Feb 15, 2017 $71,041
Software Developers, Applications Infobiz Systems LLC Ashburn, VA Jul 08, 2016 $70,803
Software Developers, Applications Advancesoft Inc. Ashburn, VA Jun 05, 2017 $70,803
Software Developers, Applications Insigma Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 01, 2017 $70,803
Software Developers, Applications Solebrity, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 01, 2018 $70,541
Software Developers, Applications Viewsoft, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 02, 2013 $70,491
Software Developer, Applications Solebrity, Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 11, 2016 $69,873
Software Developers, Applications Solebrity, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 28, 2017 $69,873
Software Developer Applications Solebrity, Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 09, 2016 $69,873

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Top Skills for An Application Software Developer

Pl/SqlWebApplicationsDatabaseASPC#.NETHtmlMicrosoftSQLServerJavascriptProceduresWindowsNTXMLUserInterfaceCSSJquerySoftwareDevelopmentC++WebServicesUnixFinancialAjax

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  1. Pl/Sql
  2. Web Applications
  3. Database
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Worked on PL/SQL and created views, triggers, procedures, function and stored procedures.
  • Project Description: At Firestone, business many web applications and desktop applications.
  • Implemented the Spring dependency injection of the Database helper instance to the action objects.
  • Developed a Rich UI for the web based application EPIC, designed and developed the ASP.NET pages in Visual Studio 2010.
  • Used HTML, and CSS to create static web pages for the directory system solution.

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