Software Application Developers

Software Developer Works on a New Program

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 specifications from which programmers code computer commands to perform the given functions. Software application developers are also known as mobile application developers, software application builders, and software application designers. Approximately 718,400 software application developers are employed in the United States. 

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Mobile Application Developers, Software Application Builders, Software Application Designers
Duties Design and build computer software applications
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Silicon Valley in northern California and in Texas, Virginia, Massachusetts, Washington, and New York
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Speech
Experience Internship; at least one year of programming experience
Personality Traits
  • Creative
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
  • Computer
  • Information Management
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Excellent
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Software Manager or Independent Consultant
  • Software Project Team Leader
  • Software Application Developer
  • Computer Programmer