Software Application Developers


Overview

Introduction

Software application developers devise applications, often referred to as apps, such as word processing programs, data storage programs, and spreadsheet programs that make it possible for computers to complete given tasks and to solve problems. They also design and build Web browsing applications and software applications for mobile devices such as smartphones. Once a need in the market has been identified, software developers first conceive of the program on a global level by outlining what the program will do. Then they write the ...

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Median Salary

$107,510

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Employment Prospects

Excellent

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Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree


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Experience

Internship


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Skills

Computer


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Personality Traits

Creative

Earnings

Salaries for software application designers ranged from less than $64,240 to $164,590 or more in May 2019, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. They earned median annual salaries of $107,510. At the managerial level, salaries are even higher and can reach $175,000 or more. Mobile application developers earn higher salaries, ranging from $112,750 to $189,750 in 2020, according to Robert Ha...

Work Environment

Software application developers work in comfortable environments. Many computer companies are known for their casual work atmosphere; employees generally do not have to wear suits, except during client meetings. Overall, many software developers work standard weeks. However, they may be required to work overtime near a deadline, and over 25 percent work more than 40 hours per week. It is common...

Outlook

Employment for software application developers is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2029, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook. Employment will increase as technology becomes more sophisticated and organizations continue to adopt and integrate these technologies, making for plentiful job openings. Hardware designers and systems programm...

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