What does an Applications Developer do?

Applications engineers work as a bridge between customers and engineering teams. They use customer input and sales information to design or redesign, develop, test, and implement complex software problems and applications. They provide technical support and expertise to customers by testing applications and responding to feedback. They perform installations and maintenance and often perform sales presentations and demonstrations.

Applications engineers perform customer analysis to create applications that respond to their needs and provide innovative solutions to common problems. They perform prototyping applications and code reviews to ensure products are satisfactory. They debug, test, code, improve, and redesign tasks, respond to customer issues, provide updated software that solves bug issues, perform customer installations, and work with customer service teams. Applications engineers need a degree in software engineering.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.8 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.7 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Applications Developer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$72,442 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$53K
Median: $72K
$99K
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Applications Developer Career Path

Learn how to become an Applications Developer, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L2
Applications Engineer
$68,342/yr
L3
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Applications Developer Insights

Read what Applications Developer professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
OneAmericaOneAmerica
Applications Engineer
Aug. 5, 2021

“The people I worked with were so nice and helpful and I really enjoyed working with them”

IBMIBM
Applications Developer - Java
Oct. 12, 2021

“Good company to work with growth is good and you learn whatever technologies you want with free certifications.”

State StreetState Street
Applications Developer
Apr. 21, 2020

“Good place to work just as a first job and lucky to have a good team”

Paradyme ManagementParadyme Management
Applications Developer
Jan. 10, 2022

“The salary ($65k) was not the best but decent enough for a junior in the DC area.”

UlineUline
Applications Development
Jul. 9, 2020

“Not really given any opportunities to express yourself or make yourself feel at home at your desk.”

Entro Labs It SolutionsEntro Labs It Solutions
Senior Applications Developer
Jul. 31, 2021

“no cons found at this moment all are supportive and got a chance to work on new technologies..”

Dura-Bar
Applications Engineer
Nov. 4, 2020

“Bar during my time there felt important and I was lucky enough to work with an amazing team.”

University of WashingtonUniversity of Washington
Web Applications Developer
Mar. 7, 2021

“Great benefits and usually always a green light to do the best and be the best.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of an applications developer

When working as an applications developer, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are MS SQL Server, Javascript, Agile Software Development, Relational Database and API.

The most similar professions to applications developer are:
  • Software Engineer
  • Software Developer
  • Java Developer
  • Full Stack Engineer

The most common qualifications to become an applications developer is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.