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Working As A Software Applications Designer

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

  • $77,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Software Applications Designer 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 Software Applications Designer

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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Software Applications Designer Career Paths

Software Applications Designer
Senior Software Engineer Project Manager Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Technician Specialist Senior Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Leader Senior Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Systems Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Senior Programmer Analyst Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Principal Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Enterprise Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Consultant Senior Programmer Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Designer Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Designer Consultant Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Designer Account Executive Senior Sales Representative
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Consultant Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Senior Project Manager Director Of Software Development
Vice President Of Software Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Technical Project Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Technical Project Manager Delivery Manager
Senior Delivery Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Programmer Systems Administrator Senior Technologist
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
Programmer Senior Programmer Analyst Manager Applications Development
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
Programmer Quality Assurance Analyst Test Manager
Integration Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Developer Design, Development User Experience Designer
Product Lead
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Software Designer 3.2 years
Software Engineer 3.0 years
Software Developer 2.6 years
Software Analyst 2.5 years
Top Careers Before Software Applications Designer
Developer 6.8%
Designer 6.3%
Consultant 4.7%
Programmer 4.7%
Internship 4.2%
Top Careers After Software Applications Designer
Developer 7.0%
Designer 5.4%
Consultant 4.5%

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Average Yearly Salary
$77,000
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$47,000
Min 10%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$125,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Verisign
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
2.4 years
How much does a Software Applications Designer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Software Applications Designer in the United States is $77,604 per year or $37 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $47,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $125,000.

Real Software Applications Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Application Designer Advanced Software Design Inc. Rensselaer, NY Mar 15, 2016 $135,200
Application Designer Advanced Software Design Inc. Rensselaer, NY Jul 04, 2016 $135,200
Application Designer Advanced Software Design Inc. Rensselaer, NY Aug 21, 2015 $131,000
Designer II-Applications and Services or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jan 27, 2016 $128,575 -
$148,575
Windows Applications Designer Rainbow Designs Services Inc. Louisville, KY Apr 09, 2016 $90,000
Application Designer Professional CSC Covansys Corporation Southfield, MI Nov 19, 2015 $90,000
Application Designer Advisor CSC Covansys Corporation Southfield, MI Oct 16, 2015 $90,000
Windows Applications Designer Rainbow Design Services, Inc. Louisville, KY May 27, 2016 $90,000
Application Designer IBM India Private Limited Phoenix, AZ Oct 17, 2016 $89,901
Application Designer IBM India Private Limited Agoura Hills, CA Sep 17, 2015 $88,134
Application Designer Advisor CSC Covansys Corporation Southfield, MI Jan 15, 2015 $87,277
Software Designer, Applications Software Signature Control Systems Inc. Irvine, CA Aug 24, 2016 $86,674
Application Designer SIRI Infosolutions Inc. Rensselaer, NY Oct 18, 2016 $85,072 -
$96,000
Application Designer Primus Global Services, Inc. Irving, TX Dec 16, 2016 $68,827
Application Designer IBM India Private Limited Saint Paul, MN Dec 20, 2016 $68,557
Application Designer IBM India Private Limited Saint Paul, MN Oct 11, 2016 $68,557
Mobile Application Designer Sajix, Inc. Pleasanton, CA Sep 22, 2015 $68,000
Application Designer IBM India Private Limited Milwaukee, WI Aug 13, 2015 $67,350 -
$70,658
Software Develpers, Applications Paywire Incorporated Hartford, CT Aug 22, 2016 $66,888
Professional: Application Designer CSC Covansys Corporation Southborough, MA Aug 15, 2016 $66,851
Application Designer Professional Computer Sciences Corporation Mechanicsburg, PA Jun 01, 2015 $58,323
Application Designer Professional CSC Covansys Corporation Bloomington, IL Feb 23, 2015 $58,032
Application Designer Professional CSC Covansys Corporation Charlotte, NC Jun 22, 2015 $57,990
Professional: Application Designer CSC Covansys Corporation Auburn Hills, MI Mar 14, 2016 $57,782
Professional: Application Designer Computer Sciences Corporation Auburn Hills, MI Nov 20, 2015 $57,782
Professional: Application Designer CSC Covansys Corporation San Francisco, CA Jan 12, 2015 $57,678
Professional: Application Designer Computer Sciences Corporation Mooresville, NC Apr 06, 2015 $57,554
Professional: Application Designer Computer Sciences Corporation Austin, TX Aug 15, 2016 $57,512

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Top Skills for A Software Applications Designer

  1. Pl/Sql Query
  2. Windows XP
  3. Business Requirements
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed VMware to deployed old operating systems of Windows XP and upgrade it with Windows VISTA & Windows 7.
  • Work closely with our various departments to understand their business requirements and deliver applications meeting those requirements.
  • Presented written report of database issues along with recommendations for improving performance and database monitoring software to Information Services management.
  • Implemented and designed user interface for web based customer application.
  • Prepared Test cases, logs, user manual for the PeopleSoft -Aspen (Third party system) Interfaces.

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  4. Texas
  5. Oregon
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  7. New York
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Software Applications Designer Demographics

Gender

Male

68.6%

Female

22.3%

Unknown

9.1%
Ethnicity

White

49.3%

Asian

25.2%

Hispanic or Latino

11.6%

Black or African American

8.8%

Unknown

5.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

German

22.2%

French

22.2%

Portuguese

11.1%

Chinese

11.1%

Tagalog

11.1%

Spanish

11.1%

Mandarin

11.1%
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Software Applications Designer Education

Schools

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

6.8%

University of Central Florida

6.8%

New York University

6.8%

Rochester Institute of Technology

6.8%

Washington University in Saint Louis

4.5%

University of Memphis

4.5%

Illinois State University

4.5%

Fort Valley State University

4.5%

Arizona State University

4.5%

Ringling College of Art and Design

4.5%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.5%

State University of New York Buffalo

4.5%

University of Texas at Dallas

4.5%

University of Phoenix

4.5%

Texas A&M University

4.5%

George Washington University

4.5%

Emporia State University

4.5%

University of California - Irvine

4.5%

University of Texas at Austin

4.5%

Tufts University

4.5%
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Majors

Computer Science

19.2%

Electrical Engineering

9.6%

Computer Engineering

7.8%

Computer Applications

7.8%

Information Technology

7.2%

Business

6.6%

Graphic Design

6.0%

Drafting And Design

4.2%

Computer Information Systems

4.2%

Mechanical Engineering

4.2%

Engineering

3.6%

Mathematics

2.4%

Photography

2.4%

Management Information Systems

2.4%

Information Systems

2.4%

Communication

2.4%

Industrial Engineering

2.4%

Project Management

1.8%

Finance

1.8%

Fine Arts

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.3%

Masters

30.4%

Other

12.2%

Associate

9.1%

Certificate

3.5%

Diploma

1.7%

Doctorate

1.7%
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