Signs a Career as an Applications Developer is for You

Signs a Career as an Applications Developer is for You

Signs a Career as an Applications Developer is for You

An Applications Developer addresses software requirements with workable programming code and maintains and develops programs for business use. Here are the signs you’d make a good applications developer:


You have…


  • high-level programming skills
  • ingenuity and creativity
  • a logical and analytical approach
  • problem-solving skills
  • the ability to work well under pressure
  • attention to detail
  • tenacity and patience
  • strong communication skills
  • an understanding of business processes.


You want to…


  • establish a detailed program specification after discussion with clients
  • clarify the actions the program is intended to perform
  • write the program – to do this you’ll break down program specification into its simplest elements and translate this logic into a programming language
  • work in a team on programming projects
  • test sample data-sets to check that output from the program works as intended
  • install the program into production, once testing is complete
  • devise possible solutions to anticipated problems
  • evaluate the program’s effectiveness and implement improvements
  • adapt the program to new requirements, as necessary
  • conduct user acceptance testing, to ensure the program can be used effectively
  • write detailed documentation for the operation of the program
  • consult manuals, periodicals and technical reports to learn new ways to develop programs and maintain existing skills and knowledge


You don’t mind…


  • occasional working outside of office hours on short-term projects
  • Long periods of time in front of a computer screen
  • low ratio of women to men in the sector.


Getting started

Many employers expect you to have a degree in a relevant subject such as:


  • Business and management
  • Computer science or software engineering
  • Information systems
  • Mathematics


IT conversion courses are available to supplement technical knowledge if your degree is not in a relevant subject.


Work experience is advisable to gain the relevant technical knowledge and experience and can be gained through a placement year during your degree course or part-time work within an IT role.


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