Software Developers – Applications

Develop, create, and modify general computer applications software or specialized utility programs. Analyze user needs and develop software solutions. Design software or customize software for client use with the aim of optimizing operational efficiency. May analyze and design databases within an application area, working individually or coordinating database development as part of a team. May supervise computer programmers.

Fast Facts

Hourly Pay
Entry Level: $35.40/hr
Median: $45.76/hr
Experienced: $58.55/hr

Current Employment
3,483 (2019)

Projected Employment
4,153 (2030)

Growth for Software Developers, Applications

2019 Jobs2030 JobsChange (2019-2030)% Change (2019-2030)

Industries Employing Software Developers, Applications

IndustryOccupation Jobs in Industry (2019)% of Occupation in Industry (2019)% of Total Jobs in Industry (2019)
Computer Systems Design Services79022.7%17.8%
Custom Computer Programming Services35313%17.7%
Software Publishers41912%25.7%
Internet Publishing and Broadcasting and Web Search Portals2657.6%13.1%
Computer Facilities Management Services1674.8%17.8%

Occupational Tasks

  • Modify existing software to correct errors, allow it to adapt to new hardware, or to improve its performance.
  • Analyze user needs and software requirements to determine feasibility of design within time and cost constraints.
  • Confer with systems analysts, engineers, programmers and others to design system and to obtain information on project limitations and capabilities, performance requirements and interfaces.
  • Store, retrieve, and manipulate data for analysis of system capabilities and requirements.
  • Design, develop and modify software systems, using scientific analysis and mathematical models to predict and measure outcome and consequences of design.