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Working As An Information Technology Applications Developer

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

  • $110,460

    Average Salary

What Does An Information Technology 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 Information Technology 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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Information Technology Applications Developer Career Paths

Information Technology Applications Developer
Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Systems Analyst Senior Software Engineer
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Director Of Information Program Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Principal Consultant Senior Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Information Technology Manager Technical Director Director Of Information
Director, Applications
13 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Vice President Of Information Technology Chief Information Officer Senior Project Manager
Senior Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Information Technology Manager Senior Manager Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Director Program Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Specialist Information Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Vice President Of Information Technology Senior Project Manager Contractor/Consultant
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Director Of Information Management Consultant Product Manager
Vice President, Product Management
13 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Development Manager Director Of Software Development
Vice President, Software Development
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Director Vice President Of Information Technology
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Systems Developer 3.4 years
Senior Consultant 3.0 years
Application Lead 2.6 years
Lead Developer 2.5 years
Solution Developer 2.4 years
Contract Developer 2.3 years
Developer 2.2 years
Junior Developer 1.4 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 5.8%
Programmer 2.4%
Top Employers After
Consultant 5.8%

Information Technology Applications Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

73.3%

Female

23.0%

Unknown

3.7%
Ethnicity

White

72.2%

Asian

15.7%

Hispanic or Latino

8.9%

Unknown

2.1%

Black or African American

1.1%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

60.0%

Portuguese

10.0%

Khmer

10.0%

Korean

10.0%

French

10.0%
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Information Technology Applications Developer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

19.0%

University of Pittsburgh -

6.7%

Ohio State University

5.7%

Pennsylvania State University

5.7%

DePaul University

5.7%

Northern Illinois University

5.7%

University of Houston

4.8%

Syracuse University

4.8%

University of Dallas

4.8%

University of Connecticut

3.8%

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

3.8%

Drexel University

3.8%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.8%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

3.8%

Texas A&M University

3.8%

University of Washington

2.9%

Franklin University

2.9%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

2.9%

Villanova University

2.9%

University of Akron

2.9%
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Majors

Computer Science

21.1%

Business

20.5%

Computer Information Systems

10.8%

Management Information Systems

7.4%

Information Technology

4.7%

Electrical Engineering

4.4%

Project Management

4.0%

Computer Engineering

4.0%

Information Systems

3.8%

Finance

3.6%

Management

3.0%

Accounting

2.3%

Computer Programming

2.1%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.5%

Engineering

1.5%

Mathematics

1.3%

Computer Technical Support

1.1%

Computer Applications

1.1%

Computer Networking

1.1%

Biology

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.8%

Masters

31.0%

Other

13.4%

Certificate

4.3%

Associate

4.1%

Doctorate

1.9%

Diploma

0.5%
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Real Information Technology Applications Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
V-B IT Application Development Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Services, Inc. Princeton, NJ Jan 24, 2016 $156,200
Senior IT Application Developer Strategic Staffing Solutions, L.C. Charlotte, NC Nov 26, 2015 $146,090
IT Application Developer (CPQ) Shoretel, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jan 12, 2015 $142,376 -
$159,100
IT Applications Developer II Zolon Tech, Inc. Washington, DC Oct 20, 2015 $141,916
IT Application Software Developer III Emeter Corporation Foster City, CA Feb 24, 2016 $141,272
SR. IT Application Developer Palo Alto Networks, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Nov 30, 2015 $140,000
Lead IT Applications Architect/Developer Optum Services, Inc. Boston, MA May 11, 2016 $131,747 -
$135,000
Lead IT Applications Architect/Developer Optum Services, Inc. Boston, MA Sep 26, 2016 $131,747
Technical Application Developer, Business Systems IT NBA Properties, Inc. Secaucus, NJ Oct 20, 2016 $130,666
IT Application Software Developer III Emeter Corporation Foster City, CA May 09, 2016 $130,000
IT Applications Developer V Weatherford International, LLC Houston, TX Sep 20, 2016 $130,000 -
$163,800
IT Applications Analyst/Developer Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. Houston, TX Jan 12, 2016 $128,000
SR. IT Application Developer Vmware, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Dec 28, 2016 $126,690
SR. IT Applications Analyst/Developer Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. Houston, TX Jun 30, 2016 $125,445
IT Application Developer Commerzbank AG-New York Branch New York, NY Jan 10, 2016 $108,500
Senior IT Applications Analyst/Developer Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 08, 2016 $108,000
IT Senior Application Developer Selective Insurance Company of America Glastonbury, CT Oct 10, 2016 $108,000
IT Applications Developer Vmware, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Aug 21, 2016 $108,000
IT Senior Application Developer Selective Insurance Company of America Branchville, NJ Oct 10, 2016 $108,000
SR. IT Applications Developer KBR, Inc. Houston, TX Nov 11, 2015 $105,624
IT Application Developer Sunpower Consulting Chicago, IL Oct 24, 2016 $105,100
SR. IT Applications Analyst/Developer Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. Houston, TX Jul 21, 2016 $105,000
IT Senior Application Developer Selective Insurance Company of America Branchville, NJ Aug 15, 2016 $88,000
IT SR. Applications Development Tech Lead AON National Flood Services, Inc. Overland Park, KS May 02, 2016 $87,954
IT SR. Applications Development Tech Lead AON National Flood Services, Inc. Kalispell, MT Oct 05, 2016 $86,208
IT SR. Applications Development Tech Lead AON National Flood Services, Inc. Kalispell, MT Feb 27, 2015 $86,208
IT Senior Application Developer Denver Water Denver, CO Oct 15, 2015 $86,133 -
$117,394
EIS I.T. SR. Application Developer Denver Water Denver, CO Sep 28, 2015 $86,133 -
$117,394
SR. IT Applications Developer KBR, Inc. Houston, TX Nov 23, 2015 $85,000

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Top Skills for An Information Technology Applications Developer

WebApplicationPl/SqlDataWarehouseApplicationDevelopmentInfrastructureResourceAllocationSQLServerProjectManagementFinancialArchitectureWindowsSoftwareDevelopmentComplianceASPC#.NETSharepointERPSdlcBusinessRequirementsManagementSystem

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Top Information Technology Applications Developer Skills

  1. Web Application
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Data Warehouse
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Tested web applications and resolved cross browser compatibility issues.
  • Created Stored Procedures and functions using PL/SQL to support the Management system.
  • Maintain and support data warehouse for organization.
  • Direct a staff of approximately 15 application development and systems support / maintenance professionals for health and life insurance applications.
  • Implemented an IT Infrastructure maintenance window/policy to provide minimal business interruption for Windows patches and hardware maintenance.

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