Application Developers are individuals who decode software requirements into brief and robust programming code. Some application developers may have specialization in computer games, e-commerce or other niches. The tasks they carry out include designing, building, testing, executing projects by means of programming languages and development equipment. They work hand in hand in writing the programs’ specifications with system analysts and software engineers.
Application developers create complex program specifications based on client requirements. Before starting a particular project, an application developer communicates with the client to determine details of the program based on the company’s objectives, needs and budget. From there, the developer breaks down the specification of the program to its simplest form and develops it into a programming language. The application developer then creates the program while predicting problems and its respective solutions in. Other tasks of application developers include installation of the program, quality assurance and testing, performance analysis and evaluation of program effectiveness. Application developers also create accurate documentation to help clients with the program’s operation or troubleshooting. They are also responsible for providing regular updates, repairs, and revisions of the existing program to keep up with technology or customer complaints.
Education and Training Requirements
An Application Developer must possess a degree in computer science, software engineering, information systems, mathematics, business, management, physical/mathematical or applied science. Employers usually prefer application developers with extensive work experience. Those with a master’s degree in a related field, or those with an IT conversion course have an advantage over other candidates.
Knowledge and Skills Requirements
Application Developers are extremely creative, analytical thinkers and problem solvers. They possess advanced knowledge in computer programming and related technical skills. Other useful skills in this field include analytical skills, logical thinking, communication and writing skills, interpersonal skills, and the ability to meet deadlines, work well under pressure and work independently or as part of a team.
Application Developers work on a standard nine to five schedule. Sometimes, they may be asked to work for longer hours or even on weekends in order to meet work demands or project deadlines. Application Developer spend long hours in front of a computer, so there is a risk of computer-related health conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome. One can work full time or part time as an application developer. The work is usually office based, developers may be assigned to work in different places, or home-based.
An Application Developer may receive an average pay of $75,000 per year. The amount of salary of an Application Developer may vary because of benefits, company, experience, industry and location. Those with specializations may receive lower or higher compensation, such as Java developers with a $78,000 annual pay.