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Working As A Contract Application Developer

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

  • $91,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Contract Application 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 A Contract Application 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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Contract Application Developer Career Paths

Contract Application Developer
Senior Software Engineer Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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
Programmer Analyst Project Manager Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Information Technology Manager Chief Technology Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Systems Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Applications Developer Senior Programmer Analyst Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Applications Developer Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Applications Developer Consultant Senior Programmer Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Consultant Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Project Manager Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Systems Analyst Senior Business Analyst
Implementation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Software Development Manager Director Of Software Development
Vice President Of Software Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Test Engineer Senior Technologist
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Senior Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Programmer Senior Systems Analyst Application Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Programmer Project Leader Technical Project Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Programmer Project Leader Delivery Manager
Senior Delivery Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Developer Project Leader Manager Applications Development
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Systems Developer 3.1 years
Lead Developer 2.5 years
Solution Developer 2.3 years
Project Developer 2.3 years
Developer 2.2 years
Contract Developer 2.1 years
Top Careers Before Contract Application Developer
Programmer 6.0%
Developer 4.6%
Consultant 4.4%
Top Careers After Contract Application Developer
Consultant 5.9%
Developer 3.6%

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Contract Application Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

64.2%

Female

26.1%

Unknown

9.7%
Ethnicity

White

58.7%

Asian

13.2%

Hispanic or Latino

12.5%

Black or African American

11.3%

Unknown

4.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

French

22.2%

Spanish

22.2%

Vietnamese

11.1%

German

11.1%

Carrier

11.1%

Arabic

11.1%

Italian

11.1%
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Contract Application Developer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

9.7%

University of Houston

6.9%

Georgia State University

6.9%

New Hampshire Technical Institute

5.6%

Purdue University

5.6%

More Tech Institute

5.6%

Florida State University

5.6%

University of Connecticut

4.2%

University of Alabama

4.2%

University of Massachusetts - Boston

4.2%

Arizona State University

4.2%

Western Governors University

4.2%

Texas Tech University

4.2%

Ohio State University

4.2%

DePaul University

4.2%

University of North Texas

4.2%

Southern University and A & M College

4.2%

Louisiana Tech University

4.2%

George Washington University

4.2%

Stephen F Austin State University

4.2%
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Majors

Computer Science

26.9%

Business

16.4%

Computer Information Systems

5.8%

Information Systems

5.3%

Information Technology

5.0%

Electrical Engineering

4.7%

Computer Programming

4.2%

Computer Engineering

3.9%

Finance

3.6%

Management

3.1%

Engineering

2.8%

Management Information Systems

2.5%

Project Management

2.5%

Education

2.2%

Computer Technical Support

1.9%

Mechanical Engineering

1.9%

Mathematics

1.9%

Accounting

1.9%

General Studies

1.7%

Liberal Arts

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

46.8%

Masters

24.5%

Other

12.5%

Associate

8.7%

Certificate

3.6%

Diploma

2.4%

Doctorate

1.4%

License

0.2%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$70,000
Min 10%
$91,000
Median 50%
$91,000
Median 50%
$91,000
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$91,000
Median 50%
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Best Paying Company
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Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
New Hampshire
Avg Experience Level
2.9 years
How much does a Contract Application Developer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Contract Application Developer in the United States is $91,962 per year or $44 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $70,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $120,000.

Real Contract Application Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Application Security Contractor Medical Science & Computing, LLC Bethesda, MD Dec 16, 2013 $140,000
Systems Specialist-SAP Developer Osram Sylvania Inc. Danvers, MA Mar 27, 2013 $119,790
Systems Specialist-Development Macy's Systems and Technology Johns Creek, GA Jan 08, 2016 $113,693 -
$135,000
Systems Specialist-Development Macy's Systems and Technology, Inc. Johns Creek, GA Apr 10, 2016 $111,384 -
$123,090
Systems Specialist-Development Macy's Systems and Technology, Inc. Johns Creek, GA Jul 28, 2016 $111,384 -
$150,000
System Specialist-Development Macy's Systems and Technology Johns Creek, GA Aug 13, 2016 $111,384 -
$128,700
Systems Specialist-Development Macy's Systems and Technology Johns Creek, GA Aug 04, 2016 $111,384 -
$125,600
Systems Specialist-Development Macy's Systems and Technology Johns Creek, GA Aug 20, 2016 $111,384 -
$131,600
Systems Specialist-Development Macy's Systems and Technology, Inc. Johns Creek, GA Aug 31, 2016 $111,384 -
$135,000
Systems Specialist-Development Macy's Systems and Technology Johns Creek, GA Aug 07, 2016 $111,384 -
$140,000
Development Specialist, Oxygen Transport Membrane System Praxair, Inc. Tonawanda, NY Feb 09, 2015 $110,531
Systems Specialist-Development Macy's Systems and Technology Johns Creek, GA Aug 11, 2014 $109,387 -
$125,000
Systems Specialist-Development Macy's Systems and Technology Johns Creek, GA Aug 19, 2013 $108,160 -
$120,000
Systems Specialist-Development Macy's Systems and Technology Johns Creek, GA Dec 16, 2015 $104,437 -
$118,700
Systems Development Specialist Xerox State & Local Solutions, Inc. Tallahassee, FL Feb 03, 2014 $90,000
Financial Systems Development Specialist (S/W ENG) Union Bank, N.A. San Francisco, CA Mar 08, 2013 $89,700 -
$98,400
Systems Development Specialist Xerox State Healthcare, LLC West Sacramento, CA Sep 14, 2015 $89,000
Systems Development Specialist Xerox State Healthcare, LLC West Sacramento, CA Jul 13, 2015 $89,000
Systems Development Specialist Xerox Recovery Services, Inc. Lewisville, TX Dec 26, 2016 $82,600
Systems Development Specialist Xerox Commercial Solutions, LLC Lexington, KY Apr 26, 2015 $80,000
Systems Development Specialist Xerox Recovery Services, Inc. Rosemont, IL Jan 25, 2016 $78,646
Systems Development Specialist Wagers & Associates, Inc. College Park, MD Jan 18, 2013 $78,507
System Developer Specialist Accenture LLP Southfield, MI Jul 31, 2015 $78,000

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Top Skills for A Contract Application Developer

  1. Pl/Sql
  2. Web Application
  3. Data Warehouse
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Do UNIX Shell Scripting, SQL, SQL PLUS, and PL/SQL.
  • Lead initiative to improve web applications to manipulate images replacing third party controls.
  • Designed and implemented a Data Warehouse to feed a Business Intelligence solution.
  • Analyzed alternate means of deriving input data and selected most effective and efficient method for developing management and system control procedures.
  • Required building out a LAMP (Linux, Apache Web Server, MySQL and PHP) server to host the application.

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  7. District of Columbia
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