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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

  • $79,967

    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
Project Leader Business Analyst Senior Programmer Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Senior Consultant Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
NET Developer Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Technical Support Specialist Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Information Technology Director Chief Technology Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Project Leader Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Delivery Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Project Leader Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Product Manager Product Management Director
Senior Director, Product Management
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Consultant Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Sales Consultant Solution Specialist
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Product Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Front End Developer User Experience Designer User Experience Architect
User Experience Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Manager Applications Development Application Development Director
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Development Manager Director Of Software Development
Vice President Of Software Engineering
14 Yearsyrs
Java/J2ee Developer Senior Software Engineer Director Of Software Development
Vice President, Software Development
11 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Finance Analyst Assistant Vice President
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Systems Developer 3.1 years
Software Developer 2.6 years
Lead Developer 2.5 years
Developer 2.2 years
Contract Developer 2.1 years
Web Developer 2.0 years
Junior Developer 1.4 years
Top Employers Before
Programmer 6.8%
Developer 6.6%
Consultant 6.1%
Internship 3.2%
Top Employers After
Consultant 7.1%
Developer 5.3%

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Applications Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

71.2%

Female

24.4%

Unknown

4.4%
Ethnicity

White

47.5%

Asian

27.1%

Hispanic or Latino

10.8%

Black or African American

9.2%

Unknown

5.4%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

29.4%

French

9.1%

Hindi

8.4%

Mandarin

7.7%

Russian

4.9%

Chinese

4.9%

Carrier

4.2%

Portuguese

4.2%

Arabic

4.2%

German

3.5%

Japanese

2.8%

Marathi

2.1%

Gujarati

2.1%

Korean

2.1%

Finnish

2.1%

Cantonese

2.1%

Italian

2.1%

Croatian

1.4%

Tamil

1.4%

Nepali

1.4%
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Applications Developer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.4%

University of Houston

7.8%

Pennsylvania State University

6.2%

University of Texas at Dallas

5.6%

Illinois Institute of Technology

5.5%

More Tech Institute

5.4%

Northeastern University

5.1%

University of Florida

4.7%

DePaul University

4.5%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

4.4%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.2%

Texas A&M University

4.2%

University of Texas at Austin

4.2%

Carnegie Mellon University

4.1%

Boston University

3.8%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.7%

Purdue University

3.7%

Iowa State University

3.7%

New York University

3.4%

George Washington University

3.4%
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Majors

Computer Science

35.2%

Computer Engineering

8.2%

Computer Information Systems

7.8%

Business

7.7%

Information Technology

7.1%

Electrical Engineering

6.2%

Computer Applications

4.4%

Management Information Systems

4.0%

Information Systems

3.9%

Engineering

2.3%

Computer Programming

1.9%

Mathematics

1.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.3%

Management

1.3%

Mechanical Engineering

1.3%

Finance

1.3%

Accounting

1.2%

Project Management

1.1%

Information Sciences

1.1%

Computer Networking

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

46.8%

Masters

34.0%

Other

9.8%

Associate

4.8%

Certificate

2.1%

Doctorate

1.4%

Diploma

1.0%

License

0.0%
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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 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 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

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  1. Pl/Sql
  2. Web Forms
  3. Database
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Supported users for enhancing of Reports, SQL Programs, Tables, Views, and PL/SQL based on user requirements.
  • Used Grid View, Data List, and Panels to display and manipulate data in ASP.NET Web Forms.
  • Employed DTS (Data Transformation Services) to modify and transfer data from mainframe to intermediate database.
  • Utilized connection pooling and deployment feature of WebLogic Server.
  • Develop and Maintain Business Application for the company using MS Access, SQL Server 2000 and Visual Basic.

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