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Software Developers, Applications

Do you have an App for That? You Could Make One...

Applications Software Developers design, test, and maintain customized software to make sure its running efficiently. The span of applications they work with is wide and may involve coordination database development and working at a supervisory capacity over programmers.

Compared to the systems software developers, application software developers focus on the intricacies of their programs to create an efficient and lasting cog for the larger machine. Application developers have a narrower focus in developing and micromanaging the code.

As technology gets more and more sophisticated demand for applications software developers will continue to rise creating great job opportunities. Organizations and businesses rely more and more on computer technology to operate efficiently in the competitive global market, so the Gulf Coast region employs a large number of Applications Software Developers and faces an increasing challenge to fill upcoming vacancies.

There are a variety of industries Systems Software Developer can be found


Top 5 Industries for Software Developers, Applications

The number of Applications Software Developers in the region is expected to grow by 17 percent by 2028

17% Growth

Estimates show an annual job opening of 1,321!

Growth 241 Retirement 213 Transfer 869

Applications Software Developers start out earning well over the region's average and continue to see their salaries rise!

Entry $73,236 Median $105,448 Experience $123,259

Does becoming a Application Software Developer match your interests?

These skills, interests, and knowledge areas are recommended for a career as a lawyer. The numbers below describe the relative important of each knowledge/skill area to the occupation.


Computers & Electronics

Knowing both operations and basic programming of computers, hardware, software and other electronic equipment



Knowing various coding languages with the purpose to write programs



Knowing arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, and their theories to apply them to real world problems


Problem Sensistivity & Reasoning

The ability to pinpoint and evaluate a current or future problem, finding its source, causation, and a potential solution

*Source: Texas Career Check

Plan early to become a Applications Software Developer.

High School Endorsement: Business & Industry | STEM

High school students can get started early by taking mathematics and science classes, being sure to keep their GPA high and stay on their endorsement track to get the best chance at competitive bachelor's programs. 

Entrants generally require a bachelor's degree with emphasis in computer science, information systems, mathematics, software engineering or a related field. Earning a master's degree will make a person much more marketable and some of the more complex jobs require will require it for future advancement (for example: becoming an information technology (IT) project manager who oversees all software development).

This occupation requires frequent upgrades to skills and knowledge bases for constantly changing technology. 

Additional information can be found at the following:

Helpful Tech to Know

  • Database Management Software: Apache Hadoop, Apache Pig, or MongoDB
  • Enterprise Application Integration Software: Extensible markup language XML, IBM InfoSphere DataStage, or IBM WebSphere
  • Object Oriented Development Software: Apache Spark, C++, Oracle Java, or Python
  • Development Environment Software: Adobe ActionScript, Advanced business application programming ABAP, Apache Maven, or C
  • Web Platform Development Software: AJAX, Google AngularJS, jQuery, or LAMP Stack
  • Operating System Software: KornShell, Linux, or Ubuntu

Gulf Coast Region Computer Science and Related Degree Programs

Gulf Coast Region  Computer Science and Related Degree Programs

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*Includes the following counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller, and Wharton.

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