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Software Developers, Applications - 15-1132.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Develop, create, and modify general computer applications software or specialized utility programs. Analyze user needs and develop software solutions. Design software or customize software for client use with the aim of optimizing operational efficiency. May analyze and design databases within an application area, working individually or coordinating database development as part of a team. May supervise computer programmers.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Application Developer
  • Application Integration Engineer
  • Applications Developer
  • Computer Consultant
  • Information Technology Analyst (IT Analyst)
  • Software Architect
  • Software Developer
  • Software Development Engineer
  • Software Engineer
  • Technical Consultant

SOC Occupation Groups

15-0000 Computer and Mathematical Occupations
15-1100 Computer Occupations
15-1130 Software Developers and Programmers
15-1132.00 Software Developers, Applications

Related Occupations


  • Analyze information to determine, recommend, and plan computer specifications and layouts, and peripheral equipment modifications.
  • Analyze user needs and software requirements to determine feasibility of design within time and cost constraints.
  • Confer with systems analysts, engineers, programmers and others to design system and to obtain information on project limitations and capabilities, performance requirements and interfaces.
  • Consult with customers about software system design and maintenance.
  • Coordinate software system installation and monitor equipment functioning to ensure specifications are met.
  • Design, develop and modify software systems, using scientific analysis and mathematical models to predict and measure outcome and consequences of design.
  • Determine system performance standards.
  • Develop and direct software system testing and validation procedures, programming, and documentation.
  • Modify existing software to correct errors, allow it to adapt to new hardware, or to improve its performance.
  • Obtain and evaluate information on factors such as reporting formats required, costs, and security needs to determine hardware configuration.
  • Recommend purchase of equipment to control dust, temperature, and humidity in area of system installation.
  • Specify power supply requirements and configuration.
  • Store, retrieve, and manipulate data for analysis of system capabilities and requirements.
  • Supervise the work of programmers, technologists and technicians and other engineering and scientific personnel.
  • Train users to use new or modified equipment.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Analyze project data to determine specifications or requirements.
  • Apply mathematical principles or statistical approaches to solve problems in scientific or applied fields.
  • Assess database performance.
  • Collaborate with others to determine design specifications or details.
  • Coordinate software or hardware installation.
  • Design software applications.
  • Develop performance metrics or standards related to information technology.
  • Develop testing routines or procedures.
  • Document technical specifications or requirements.
  • Manage information technology projects or system activities.
  • Modify software programs to improve performance.
  • Monitor computer system performance to ensure proper operation.
  • Prepare data for analysis.
  • Provide recommendations to others about computer hardware.
  • Provide technical support for software maintenance or use.
  • Supervise information technology personnel.
  • Teach others to use computer equipment or hardware.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Applications Developer (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Computer Systems Programming (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Computer Systems Programming Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Computer Systems Programming Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Computer Systems Programming Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Computer Systems Programming Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Intelligence Specialist (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Intelligence Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Application Developer

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Software Engineer