Applications Developer Jobs
Moseley Technical Services
Chemtall/ SNF Holding
Odyssey Systems Consulting Group, Ltd.
Maryland City, MD
$70000 - $80000 / Per Year
Applications Developer Jobs Overview
With rapid job growth and excellent salaries, applications developers enjoy outstanding job security. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statics predicts that the number of applications developer jobs, among other software developer jobs, will skyrocket over the next decade, with a growth rate of 22%. That makes app development one of the fastest-growing careers.
Application developers develop, test, modify, and repair apps. This can be a fulfilling career if you like diving into creative projects and solving technical issues. You'll work on web apps, desktops apps, and mobile apps. The following are some of the most common types of app developers:
- Front-end developers work on the parts of a web app that users interact with, including the user interface, user experience, and the general aesthetics.
- Back-end developers work on the structure behind a web app, like databases, email systems, and other functionalities.
- Full-stack developers are versatile and work in both front-end and back-end development for web apps, typically after a few years of work experience.
- Mobile developers work on apps for mobile platforms, most commonly iOS and Android.
- Game developers develop games for desktop or mobile platforms.
If you're interested in tech, you may also consider searching for other computer jobs, for example:
Applications Developer Education and Skills
Software development comes naturally to many developers. Approximately one-third of developers are self-taught and do not have a formal education in the field with others combine online classes with coding bootcamps to learn the ins and outs of app development. A college degree is still the gold standard, though, with 48 percent of developers having a bachelor's degree and 25 percent having a master's degree, according to a survey from Stack Overflow. An aspiring applications developer may want to take classes on:
- software engineering
- mobile application development
- data mining
- web programming
- data management
Technical skills are imperative for developers, but they also need to be creative, both to resolve technical issues and to create innovative designs. You should also have an analytical personality and great attention to detail to be a successful app developer.
Read our job description of a senior web applications developer to find out more about what employers are looking for in applicants. You can also read our article on how to become a web developer, a profession with a similar career path.
Is Your App Developer Resume Still in Beta?
Just like an app, a resume needs a stellar design, a framework, testing, and tweaking before deployment. Read our samples for a software developer resume and web developer cover letter to learn what you can improve.
Interviewing for an Applications Developer Job
App development is a complex field. Because of this, you should expect to answer questions on everything from computer programs to project management skills during a job interview. We have a long list of potential interview questions for web developer jobs to help you get ready. These are some examples:
- Which development tools do you use?
- What are some of your favorite apps?
- Tell me about a web application you've built, redesigned, or maintained.
How Much Do Applications Developer Jobs Pay?
Applications developers and engineers make a median salary of $103,383 nationally, according to Monster data. Use our Salary Tools to find out the typical salary range for jobs in your area, high-demand job locations, and how similar jobs compare in pay.
Learn More About Employers on Monster
Application developers can work in a range of industries—they can work on an app for a bank, a small business, or a retail company—but the largest employers are tech companies. These companies often have their own internal culture and special benefits or perks. To learn more about where you may want to work, search our company profiles.
Get Your Resume Seen by Recruiters
When you're skilled in software development, recruiters will start bringing opportunities for applications developer jobs to your doorstep. But first, they have to be able to find you. Make sure to get your resume into their hands by uploading it to your Monster profile. Once you upload your resume, you can also apply directly to jobs on Monster.