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Software Application Developers


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 1,469,200 software application developers are employed in the United States.

Salary Range

$50,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree




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Software Application Developer

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