Businesses and media outlets all use Internet applications to perform different roles. An Internet application developer works to bring a company's or individual's ideas for an application to life. Educational requirements vary in this field, but most developers must understand many programming languages used for development.
Internet application developers use complex programming languages to create applications for a wide variety of settings including business, government, social media and entertainment. A bachelor's degree in computer science is generally required for this career.
|Required Education||A bachelor's degree in computer science|
|Projected Job Growth (2014-2024)*||19% (for Applications Software Developers) & 13% (for Systems Software Developers)|
|Mean Annual Wage (May 2015)*||$102,160 (for Applications Software Developers) & $108,760 (for Systems Software Developers)|
Source: *United States Bureau of Labor Statistics
Job Description of an Internet Application Developer
Internet applications are used by a wide variety of businesses, media outlets and individuals to perform many duties. The job of an Internet application developer is to take an individual's or a company's idea for an application and make it real. To make this happen, developers use their knowledge of computer programming to write the necessary code that creates the application. After writing the code, developers are frequently expected to run tests to ensure the functionality of the program.
Applications vary greatly in complexity, and on many projects a developer works with a large development team. The application may also be intended for use on multiple devices, and a developer will need to adjust the code for use on mobile phones, navigation systems, music players or organizational programs. There is a growing trend in the profession towards telecommuting, especially for self-employed developers.
Educational requirements vary depending on an application's complexity, the developer's experience level and the employer. Many employers expect their developers to hold a bachelor's degree in computer science. In bachelor's degree programs, students learn the different programming languages, how to create computational models, how to diagnose, analyze and fix software problems and how to create advanced algorithms.
An important skill that an application developer must possess is a familiarity with the many programming languages used for development. Developers must also have good communication skills and the ability to take abstract concepts and create technical solutions. Business acumen may also be necessary for developers hoping to advance to managerial positions.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) notes that software development may be a fast-growing profession between 2014 and 2024, with an overall projected growth in employment of 17% (www.bls.gov). As technology is rapidly evolving, there is an ever-growing need for new applications on mobile devices for many purposes. The BLS also reported that offshore outsourcing should have a limited effect on job prospects in the U.S.
According to the BLS, software applications developers held 747,730 jobs with an annual mean wage of $102,160, as of May 2015. Systems software developers held 390,750 positions, and earned an annual mean wage of $108,760 during the same year. Advancement prospects in the profession are good and depend upon an employee's work experience and abilities. Experienced software applications developers may advance to senior positions, such as project manager or chief information officer.
Demand for Internet-enabled software has increased. Software developers who specialize in Internet-based applications, whether they develop user applications or system software, are sought by software companies in a variety of fields. Students with a bachelor's degree in computer science, problem solving skills, and experience with programming languages should have favorable prospects.