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Working As An Applications Developer

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

  • $89,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Applications 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 Applications 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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Applications Developer Career Paths

Applications Developer
NET Developer Developer Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
NET Developer Developer Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Manager Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Programmer Analyst Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Manager Product Manager
Vice President, Product Management
13 Yearsyrs
Consultant Product Manager Senior Product Manager
Principal Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Consultant Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Enterprise Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Project Leader Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
NET Developer Developer Senior Programmer Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Front End Developer User Interaction Designer User Experience Designer
User Experience Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Owner Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Senior Project Manager Director Of Software Development
Vice President Of Software Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Systems Administrator Senior Technologist
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Project Leader Technical Project Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Project Leader Delivery Manager
Senior Delivery Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Manager Applications Development Application Development Director
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Business Analyst Implementation Manager
Integration Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Front End Developer User Experience Designer
Product Lead
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Systems Developer 3.1 years
Software Developer 2.6 years
Lead Developer 2.5 years
Solution Developer 2.3 years
Developer 2.2 years
Web Developer 2.0 years
Junior Developer 1.4 years
Top Careers Before Applications Developer
Developer 6.8%
Programmer 6.4%
Consultant 5.2%
Internship 3.4%
Top Careers After Applications Developer
Consultant 6.2%
Developer 5.8%

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Applications Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

63.8%

Female

22.0%

Unknown

14.2%
Ethnicity

White

49.5%

Asian

24.8%

Hispanic or Latino

10.9%

Black or African American

9.7%

Unknown

5.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

29.4%

Mandarin

8.6%

French

8.0%

Hindi

7.4%

Chinese

6.7%

Russian

5.5%

Portuguese

4.9%

Carrier

3.7%

Japanese

3.7%

Arabic

3.7%

German

3.1%

Cantonese

2.5%

Marathi

1.8%

Gujarati

1.8%

Korean

1.8%

Finnish

1.8%

Italian

1.8%

Croatian

1.2%

Tamil

1.2%

Nepali

1.2%
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Applications Developer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

9.9%

University of Houston

8.5%

More Tech Institute

6.7%

University of Texas at Dallas

5.8%

Illinois Institute of Technology

5.6%

Pennsylvania State University

5.4%

Texas A&M University

5.2%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

4.8%

University of Florida

4.7%

University of South Florida

4.4%

New York University

4.4%

Northeastern University

4.4%

DePaul University

4.3%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.1%

Stevens Institute of Technology

3.8%

University of Illinois at Chicago

3.7%

George Mason University

3.6%

Ohio State University

3.6%

Purdue University

3.6%

Arizona State University

3.5%
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Majors

Computer Science

37.1%

Computer Engineering

8.8%

Information Technology

7.2%

Business

7.1%

Computer Information Systems

6.9%

Electrical Engineering

6.6%

Computer Applications

4.2%

Information Systems

3.9%

Management Information Systems

3.6%

Engineering

2.3%

Computer Programming

1.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.4%

Mathematics

1.4%

Finance

1.4%

Mechanical Engineering

1.1%

Management

1.1%

Information Sciences

1.1%

Accounting

1.0%

Project Management

1.0%

Computer Networking

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

48.1%

Masters

34.5%

Other

9.0%

Associate

4.5%

Certificate

1.8%

Doctorate

1.1%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.0%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$67,000
Min 10%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
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Median 50%
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Best Paying Company
eBay
Highest Paying City
San Jose, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
2.6 years
How much does an Applications Developer make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Applications Developer in the United States is $89,300 per year or $43 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $67,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $118,000.

Real Applications Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Application Developer BOOZ Allen Hamilton Inc. Ashburn, VA Apr 23, 2018 $100,900 -
$151,300
Application Developer Systems II Client Focus, LLC Ashburn, VA May 10, 2018 $100,000
Application Developer Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 16, 2018 $96,000
Application Developer Elavon, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jun 16, 2019 $93,933 -
$130,000
CA Clarity PPM Application Developer MRP, LLC Ashburn, VA Feb 19, 2019 $93,933
Application Developer Smartedge It, LLC Ashburn, VA May 29, 2018 $92,100
.NET Application Developer Exinent, LLC Ashburn, VA Apr 22, 2014 $76,000
Applications Developer II Ampcus, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 15, 2013 $75,000
Applications Developer II Ampcus, Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 25, 2013 $75,000
Application Developer Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 09, 2019 $74,000
Application Developer Elavon, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jul 22, 2019 $72,862 -
$80,000
Application Developer E-Deft Solutions, LLC Ashburn, VA Jul 09, 2017 $71,041
Application Developer Xavient Information Systems, Inc. Ashburn, VA May 15, 2012 $70,000
Applications Developer Business Pointers Incorporated Ashburn, VA Oct 01, 2012 $68,000
Application Developer Applied Psychological Techniques Inc. Ashburn, VA Dec 10, 2009 $65,000
Applications Developer E-Train Erp Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 21, 2013 $62,000
Applications Developer Value Consulting LLC Ashburn, VA Sep 23, 2013 $62,000
Applications Developer E-Train Erp Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 21, 2013 $58,000

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Top Skills for An Applications Developer

  1. Web Application
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Database
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  • Developed Web applications for on-line business and management operations using Visual Studio 2008.
  • Resolved multiple technical issues and bugs using Application Designer and PL/SQL Developer
  • Created the ETL exception reports and validation reports after the data is loaded into the warehouse database.
  • Designed and maintained numerous Oracle Reports according to Cooperatives specifications using PL/SQL packages and embedded cursors to obtain needed data.
  • Experienced in plotting vector, point, or raster format primarily with OpenLayers, GeoTools, and JavaScript map libraries.

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