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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

  • $71,041

    Average Salary

What Does An Applications Developer Do

An Applications Developer is responsible for designing and coding functional programs and applications. They work in various business sectors, including finance and the public sector.

How To Become An Applications Developer

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


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.


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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Real Applications Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director of Application Development Atlantic Spine Center, LLC West Orange, NJ Jan 08, 2016 $250,440
Head of Rapid Application Development, Gelp Business Technol RBC Capital Markets, LLC New York, NY Jul 03, 2016 $250,000
Director of Application Development Atlantic Spine Center, LLC West Orange, NJ Feb 16, 2016 $250,000
Director of Application Development Serene Corporation Santa Clara, CA Feb 19, 2016 $213,803
Director, Application Development Appnexus Resources, Inc. (D/B/A Appnexus Oas) New York, NY Aug 18, 2016 $200,928
Director of Application Development and Business Strategy Manhattan West LLC New York, NY Feb 23, 2015 $200,000
Application Developer Iris Software, Inc. Warren, NJ Nov 16, 2015 $195,656
Application Developer Iris Software, Inc. New York, NY Nov 30, 2015 $192,000
Director, Head of Application Development MKP Capital Management, LLC New York, NY Nov 28, 2016 $185,000
Director, Application Development CNBC LLC Englewood Cliffs, NJ Oct 28, 2015 $183,040
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Top Skills for An Applications Developer


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Top Applications Developer Skills

  1. Pl/Sql
  2. Web Application
  3. Data Warehouse
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Develop SQL and PL/SQL for building Procedures, Functions, Packages and Triggers.
  • Designed three-tier Web application architecture.
  • Worked on a Data warehouse maintained for a client British Telecom, for various data cleansing and report generation project.
  • Completed five applications on proprietary platform supported with Microsoft SQL Server.
  • Handled all aspects of forward and reverse logistics.

Top Applications Developer Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire an Applications Developer

  1. IBM
  2. J.P. Morgan
  3. Bank of America
  4. AT&T
  5. Oracle
  6. Highmark
  7. TEKsystems
  8. JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  9. Fannie Mae
  10. NET Web
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