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Application Developer / Engineer

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

An Application Developer or Engineer designs or improves applications software. Oversees the entire applications development process. Analyzes customer or user needs, designs programs, writes code or instructs computer programmers, tests design, and documents programs. May assist with upgrades or maintenance.

Job Outlook

There were 1902 Application Developer / Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 50358 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Software Developer / Engineer industry, which includes the Application Developer / Engineer career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:

Salary

Many new Application Developer / Engineer jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $103,352.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $99,344.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Application Developer / Engineer postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $86,846.

Education and Experience

Posted Application Developer / Engineer jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree4.76%
Bachelor's Degree67.3%
Master's Degree16.96%
Doctoral Degree4.27%
Other5.14%

Posted Application Developer / Engineer jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years18.32%
3 to 5 years51.44%
6 to 8 years20.63%
9+ years9.61%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Application Developer / Engineer positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication (39.18%)
  • Management (25.53%)
  • Troubleshooting (Problem Solving) (24.79%)
  • Problem Solving (24.1%)
  • Sales (18.11%)
  • Operations (15.33%)
  • Writing (14.39%)
  • Information Technology (14.38%)
  • Customer Service (14.07%)
  • Leadership (14.03%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Agile Methodology (24.39%)
  • Computer Science (37.87%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Java (Programming Language) (22.53%)
  • Git (Version Control System) (11.13%)
  • Workflow Management (10.58%)
  • Application Development (22.96%)
  • Technical Support (11.48%)
  • JavaScript (Programming Language) (22.64%)
  • HyperText Markup Language (HTML) (11.4%)
  • Microsoft Azure (11.53%)
  • Angular (Web Framework) (11.06%)
  • Software Development (22.71%)
  • Automation (17.6%)
  • Unit Testing (10.66%)
  • Application Programming Interface (API) (19.47%)
  • Business Requirements (12.27%)
  • C# (Programming Language) (18.93%)
  • Information Systems (8.17%)
  • Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) (11.27%)
  • Amazon Web Services (13.1%)
  • Electrical Engineering (8.88%)
  • Business Process (8.35%)
  • C++ (Programming Language) (7.71%)
  • Version Control (8.46%)
  • Code Review (9.31%)
  • Debugging (16.33%)
  • DevOps (10.33%)
  • Software Development Life Cycle (10.46%)
  • Linux (9.17%)
  • Python (Programming Language) (20%)
  • Scalability (8.66%)
  • Scrum (Software Development) (9.15%)
  • Marketing (7.62%)
  • Project Management (19%)
  • CI/CD (9.92%)
  • Microsoft SQL Servers (8.79%)
  • Mechanical Engineering (5.7%)
  • Software Engineering (13.97%)
  • New Product Development (10.09%)
  • RESTful API (9.56%)
  • Programming Languages (8.36%)
  • Web Services (9.86%)
  • Systems Development Life Cycle (9.97%)
  • Scripting (12.08%)
  • React.js (Javascript Library) (8.28%)
  • Extensible Markup Language (XML) (7.17%)
  • SQL (Programming Language) (28.11%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed.

  • Computer Science (100%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Application Developer / Engineer skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Application Developer
  • Application Engineer
  • Application Security Engineer
  • Application Programmer
  • Application Software Engineer
  • Field Application Engineer
  • IT Application Developer
  • Mobile Application Developer
  • Software Application Developer
  • .NET Application Developer

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Application Developer / Engineer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Randstad (748)
  • Genesis10 (710)
  • CTG (560)
  • Applied Materials (458)
  • Accenture (438)
  • Ryder (425)
  • Lincoln Financial Group (411)
  • Actalent (368)
  • Leidos (354)
  • Centene (345)

North Carolina

  • Genesis10 (238)
  • Randstad (110)
  • The Vanguard Group (39)
  • Siemens (38)
  • Centene (31)
  • Actalent (27)
  • ManpowerGroup (23)
  • Accenture (22)
  • CTG (21)
  • BCforward (20)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!