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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

  • $81,239

    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 Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    73.8%
  • Female

    21.9%
  • Unknown

    4.4%

Ethnicity

  • White

    66.9%
  • Asian

    23.4%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    6.2%
  • Unknown

    2.7%
  • Black or African American

    0.9%
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Languages Spoken

  • Gujarati

    25.0%
  • Carrier

    25.0%
  • Hindi

    25.0%
  • French

    25.0%
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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
Director, Application Portfolio & Software Development Liberty Mutual Group Inc. Portsmouth, NH Oct 31, 2016 $156,645
Applications Software Developer Zappos Ip, Inc. Seattle, WA May 25, 2016 $145,000
Applications Software Developer Vaktech Corporation, LLC Brea, CA Mar 27, 2015 $137,280
Senior Application Software Developer BMO Capital Markets Corp. New York, NY Mar 02, 2015 $126,422 -
$130,000
Mobile Applications SW Developer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jan 05, 2015 $125,000 -
$145,000
Senior Application Software Developer Industrial Dynamics Company, Ltd Torrance, CA May 10, 2016 $125,000
Application Software Developer Optima Global Solutions, Inc. Lawrenceville, NJ May 11, 2015 $125,000
Application Software Developer Optima Global Solutions, Inc. Lawrenceville, NJ Jun 22, 2016 $125,000
SR. Applications Software Developer Volt Management Corp. San Diego, CA Oct 06, 2016 $122,803
Applications Software Developer Zappos Ip, Inc. Seattle, WA Aug 28, 2015 $120,000
Lead Application Software Developer BMO Capital Markets Corp New York, NY Jul 11, 2016 $120,000
Application Software Developer Finisar Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Apr 25, 2016 $120,000
Applications Software Developer Dynamic Health Strategies, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 30, 2015 $88,670
Web Application Software Developer Nexon America Inc. El Segundo, CA Apr 27, 2016 $87,818 -
$95,000
Applications Software Developer II Blackberry Corporation Cary, NC Sep 19, 2015 $86,500
Application Software Developer Interra Information Technologies Inc. Irvine, CA Sep 10, 2015 $86,000
Application/SW Developer Advanced Knowledge Tech, LLC Richardson, TX Jan 12, 2016 $85,200
Developer, Software Application (Mobile) Maven Companies, Inc. Bothell, WA Feb 13, 2015 $85,000
Application Software Developer (Middleware) Catalyst Repository Systems Denver, CO Apr 28, 2016 $84,697
Application Software Developer Leon County Clerk of Courts Tallahassee, FL May 05, 2016 $84,323
Applications Software Developer Limosys LLC Englewood Cliffs, NJ Mar 02, 2015 $72,987
Applications Software Developer Sybven, LLC Weston, FL Jan 09, 2016 $72,946
Application Software Developer Sanjole, Inc. Urban Honolulu, HI Jan 09, 2016 $72,823
Application Software Developer Ericsson Inc. Overland Park, KS Apr 15, 2015 $72,654 -
$93,258
Applications Software Developer Limosys Software LLC Englewood Cliffs, NJ Mar 09, 2016 $72,010
Applications Software Developer Limosys Software LLC Englewood Cliffs, NJ Sep 15, 2016 $72,010
Applications Software Developer The HDF Group Champaign, IL Aug 29, 2015 $72,000 -
$80,000

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Top Skills for An Application Software Developer

WebApplicationsPl/SqlDataAnalysisASPJavascriptMicrosoftSQLServerC#.NETWindowsHtmlSoftwareDevelopmentXMLUnixPlatformCSSProductionEnvironmentFinancialJqueryCobolSoftwareApplicationsBasic.NET

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Top Application Software Developer Skills

  1. Web Applications
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Data Analysis
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Charged with the development, maintenance and production support responsibilities of access planning software systems in a Web Applications development environment.
  • Design, Development, and Implementation of PL/SQL scripts to dynamically update Oracle databases.
  • Coordinated development, data analysis, data modeling, and business intelligence training rotations and an introductory data warehouse project.
  • Created custom user control and composite user control, and created new asp.net template.
  • Focus on rich interface applications (RIA) using JavaScript and Google API's.

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