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Applications Software Developer  What They Do

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Software Developers, Applications Career Video



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

This career is part of the Information Technology cluster Information Support and Services pathway, Programming and Software Engineering pathway.


A person in this career:

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

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 making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

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 --
  • Applications Developer -- Designs, builds, tests and implements the software code that enables computer systems to perform specific tasks.
  • Computer Consultant --
  • Information Technology Analyst (IT Analyst) --
  • Software Architect --
  • Software Developer --
  • Software Development Engineer --
  • Software Engineer -- Researches, designs, and develops computer software systems in conjunction with hardware product development.
  • Technical Consultant --