Computer Application Development Bachelor's Degrees: Job Facts

Explore degrees that may prepare you for computer application development jobs. Learn about application development courses, application development careers and how much you could earn working in the field. Schools offering Application Development degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What is a Computer Applications Developer?

As a computer application developer you would be responsible for designing new applications software such as databases, word processors and games. In this job you would need to be able to study the uses of the applications you would be developing so that users may find it useful and better than the competitors'. You would then design and assemble the pieces of the application so that they meet these needs. Once an application has been built you would test it, looking for bugs. When you find these bugs you would fix them documenting everything you do. Take a look at the following chart for an overview of how to enter this field.

Degree Required Bachelor's degree
Education Field of Study Computer science or related field
Key Responsibilities Analyse the uses of applications, design new ones, test them and report issues
Job Growth (2014-2024) 19%*
Median Salary (2015) $98,260*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Can I Expect in Computer Software Development Programs?

There are two avenues that one could take to prepare for careers in software and applications development. The first is a computer science major, where you could study development and maintenance of applications for the Internet as well as creation and maintenance of websites. The second is a software engineering major, where you can expect to focus your studies in a specific area of software engineering, like artificial intelligence, business applications or interactive entertainment applications.

What Jobs Can I Do?

As a software engineer or software developer, you can specialize in operating system software or other applications. The Occupational Information Network (O*Net Online) states that as a software engineer focusing on applications, you would create and modify computer applications, customizing these to fit a client' needs (http://online.onetcenter.org). According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) website, there were approximately 747,730 application-specific software engineers in 2015 (www.bls.gov). That site also states that employment of software engineers is expected to increase by 19% from 2014-2024.

As a web application developer, you would be responsible for creation and maintenance of websites and applications for websites, according to O*Net Online. You could be responsible for updating websites, or you might work with others to determine solutions to customer or testing-identified problems in web applications and websites.

How Much Can I Earn?

Payscale.com notes that web application developers responding to a salary survey claimed earnings of $41,256 - $89,875 in 2016. Payscale.com also notes that experience can affect how much a software engineer earns. For example, in 2016, engineers with less than one year of experience earned $48,063 - $99,993, while those with 20 years or more reported earnings of $63,819 - $124,888.

What Are Some Related Alternative Careers?

The closest related career to computer application developers includes computer systems software developers. They do much of the same tasks, but rather than the end result being a software application that can be ran on a number of operating systems, computer systems software developers create software that is essential to a particular operating system. Another related career, computer and information research scientists work to develop new computer technologies as well as uses for old ones. They use their findings to solve computing problems and make more efficient systems. Computer hardware engineers also play a role in the development of new computer tech, but rather than working with the software in a computer they design the physical components of a computer system.

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