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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

  • $99,000

    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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Application Software Developer Career Paths

Application Software Developer
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
Software Engineer Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Analyst Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Senior Programmer Analyst Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Developer Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Principal Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Developer Senior Project Manager Chief Technology Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Developer Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Enterprise Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Software Developer Software Development Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Software Developer Software Development Manager Director Of Software Development
Vice President Of Software Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Lead Software Developer Lead Technician Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Test Engineer Consultant Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Test Engineer Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Test Engineer Field Service Technician Senior Technologist
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Java Developer Senior Consultant Information Technology Director
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Java Developer Lead Technician Technical Project Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Java Developer Solutions Architect Delivery Manager
Senior Delivery Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Manager Applications Development Application Development Director
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Database Administrator ETL Developer
Product Lead
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Software Designer 3.2 years
Software Engineer 3.0 years
Software Developer 2.6 years
Lead Developer 2.5 years
Developer 2.2 years
Contract Developer 2.1 years
Junior Developer 1.4 years
Top Careers Before Application Software Developer
Programmer 6.3%
Internship 3.9%
Developer 3.7%
Consultant 2.7%
Top Careers After Application Software Developer
Developer 4.6%
Analyst 2.5%
Consultant 2.1%

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Average Yearly Salary
$99,000
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$74,000
Min 10%
$99,000
Median 50%
$99,000
Median 50%
$99,000
Median 50%
$99,000
Median 50%
$99,000
Median 50%
$99,000
Median 50%
$99,000
Median 50%
$133,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Ozburn-Hessey Logistics LLC
Highest Paying City
Cupertino, CA
Highest Paying State
Vermont
Avg Experience Level
3.1 years
How much does an Application Software Developer make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Application Software Developer in the United States is $99,757 per year or $48 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $74,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $133,000.

Real Application Software Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Computer Applications Software Developer, Biztalk Donnelly & Moore Inc. New York, NY Mar 10, 2016 $171,656
Software Developers Applications (BPM Developer). Softpath Technologies LLC Beaverton, OR Sep 06, 2015 $170,000
Software Developer, Applications/Ios Phunware, Inc. Newport Beach, CA Aug 31, 2015 $169,139
Software Application Developer Aumkaara, Inc. San Jose, CA Jan 08, 2016 $165,000
Software Developer, Applications GCOM Software, Inc. New York, NY Jun 20, 2016 $165,000
Software Developer, Applications Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jan 12, 2016 $164,382
Software Developer, Applications Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jan 09, 2016 $164,382
Software Developer .NET Applications Pinnacle Technical Resources Inc. Jersey City, NJ Feb 22, 2016 $158,549
Software Applications Developer The Baer Group, LLC Atlanta, GA Jul 12, 2015 $156,525
Software Application Developer Vastika Inc. Seattle, WA May 27, 2016 $156,525
Software Developer, Applications Mimosa Networks, Inc. Campbell, CA Jan 26, 2015 $150,000
Software Developer, Applications GCOM Software, Inc. Albany, NY Jun 20, 2016 $150,000
Software Developers, Applications GCOM Software, Inc. Columbus, OH Jun 20, 2016 $150,000
Software Application Developer Aumkaara, Inc. San Jose, CA Apr 06, 2015 $150,000
Software Developer Applications Deemsys Inc. Plano, TX Apr 01, 2016 $81,952
Software Applications/.Net Developer Innovative Web Creations, Inc. DBA IWC, Inc. Plano, TX Apr 10, 2016 $81,952
Software Applications Developer Jubilee Reach Center Bellevue, WA Sep 09, 2015 $81,706
Software Developer Applications Synechron, Inc. Charlotte, NC Aug 01, 2015 $81,664
Software Developer-Applications Switchlane Inc. Chadds Ford, PA Aug 30, 2016 $81,619
Software Developer, Applications Dynpro Inc. Raleigh, NC Apr 01, 2015 $81,557 -
$115,000
Software Developer, Applications Dynpro Inc. Farmington, CT Oct 22, 2015 $81,557 -
$115,000
Software Applications Developer CPSG Services, LLC Plano, TX Apr 10, 2015 $81,518
Software Developers, Applications Boccee Drug Wholesale Inc. Iselin, NJ Jan 09, 2016 $69,915
Software Developer, Applications Global Edge Software, Inc. San Diego, CA Jan 30, 2015 $69,900 -
$84,900
Software Developers, Applications Global Edge Software, Inc. San Diego, CA Apr 08, 2015 $69,900 -
$84,900
Software Developer Applications Solebrity, Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 09, 2016 $69,873
Software Developer, Applications Solebrity, Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 11, 2016 $69,873
Software Developer Application Dynamic Infosys Inc. Washington, DC Dec 15, 2015 $69,873

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Top Skills for An Application Software Developer

  1. Web Application
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Database
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided user requirements analysis, design and programming support for enhancement of Web application accessed by thousands users Texas state.
  • Worked on PL/SQL and created views, triggers, procedures, function and stored procedures.
  • Involved in Design, Development and Standardization of Databases/Data warehouse for various work streams.
  • Implemented generation of various output files for pagination in different newspapers and HTML output for publishing to the World Wide Web.
  • Analyzed existing PLSQL program which required tuning and modifications.

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  1. Washington
  2. California
  3. New York
  4. North Carolina
  5. Delaware
  6. New Hampshire
  7. Massachusetts
  8. Georgia
  9. Vermont
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Application Software Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

62.8%

Female

24.7%

Unknown

12.5%
Ethnicity

White

49.3%

Asian

24.2%

Hispanic or Latino

11.7%

Black or African American

9.4%

Unknown

5.4%
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Foreign 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

More Tech Institute

8.8%

University of Maryland - University College

6.9%

University of Texas at Dallas

6.9%

University of Phoenix

6.9%

Northeastern University

6.9%

Purdue University

5.9%

Western Washington University

4.9%

University of Houston

4.9%

University of Southern California

4.9%

San Diego State University

4.9%

University of Maryland - College Park

4.9%

Syracuse University

3.9%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.9%

University of Florida

3.9%

San Jose State University

3.9%

University of Washington

3.9%

Capella University

3.9%

Illinois Institute of Technology

3.9%

Merrimack College

2.9%

Illinois State University

2.9%
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Majors

Computer Science

40.8%

Computer Engineering

9.7%

Electrical Engineering

8.7%

Business

7.0%

Computer Information Systems

6.0%

Information Technology

4.0%

Management Information Systems

3.2%

Information Systems

2.8%

Mathematics

2.6%

Engineering

2.2%

Computer Applications

2.0%

Computer Programming

1.6%

Education

1.4%

Management

1.2%

Project Management

1.2%

Mathematics And Computer Science

1.2%

Accounting

1.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.0%

Finance

1.0%

Information Sciences

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.4%

Masters

37.5%

Other

9.8%

Associate

4.0%

Certificate

1.9%

Doctorate

1.4%

Diploma

1.0%
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