Application Software Developer
Application software developers, also called software developers or software architects, are the creative minds behind the games and word processing programs we use on our computers, cell phones, and Smart TVs. These analyzer and creators are responsible for developing and modifying source code for software applications, as well as complex databases and the underlying systems that run devices or control networks. Successful application developers need a sound knowledge of software engineering, good mathematical and problem-solving skills, and must be extremely analytical. Because they need to understand both client needs and the consumer market to develop cutting-edge applications, communication and design thinking are essential. Application developers work with customers to develop new software applications, update and modify existing applications, customize software, design prototypes, implement and test source code, troubleshoot, and even develop technical handbooks.
Because applications are so widespread in the consumer market, application software developers can find work in nearly every industry – from software publishers to small businesses to the federal government. Application software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree in computer science, software engineering, or a related field, with some employers requiring a master’s degree or experience in the industry for which the applications are needed. Employment for applications developers is projected to grow 26% by 2028.