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Applications Software Developer

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AVG. SALARY

$100,840

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EDUCATION

Bachelor's degree

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JOB OUTLOOK

Increasing

What They Do

Software Developers Career Video

Develops, creates, and modifies general computer applications software or specialized utility programs. Analyzes user needs and develops software solutions. Designs software or customizes software for client use with the aim of optimizing operational efficiency. May analyze and design databases within an application area, working individually or coordinating database development as part of a team. May supervise computer programmers.

This career is part of the Information Technology cluster Programming and Software Development pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Modifies existing software to correct errors, allow it to adapt to new hardware, or to improve its performance.
  • Analyzes user needs and software requirements to determine feasibility of design within time and cost constraints.
  • Confers with systems analysts, engineers, programmers and others to design system and to obtain information on project limitations and capabilities, performance requirements and interfaces.
  • Stores, retrieves, and manipulates data for analysis of system capabilities and requirements.
  • Designs, develops and modifies software systems, using scientific analysis and mathematical models to predict and measure outcome and consequences of design.
  • Develops and directs software system testing and validation procedures, programming, and documentation.
  • Supervises the work of programmers, technologists and technicians and other engineering and scientific personnel.
  • Determines system performance standards.
  • Coordinates software system installation and monitors equipment functioning to ensure specifications are met.
  • Consults with customers about software system design and maintenance.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Application Developer — Designs, builds, tests and implements the software code that enables computer systems to perform specific tasks.
  • Application Integration Engineer
  • Software Architect
  • Software Developer
  • Software Development Engineer
  • Software Engineer — Researches, designs, and develops computer software systems in conjunction with hardware product development.
  • Infrastructure Engineer
  • Systems Engineer — Analyzes technical and business problems and recommends solutions to clients and engineers. Responsible for designing and implementing improvements to hardware and software of computers.
  • Network Engineer — Designs and implements computer networks.
  • Developer