Software Developers, Applications (15-1132)

Occupation 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.

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Employment and Job Openings

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 203211 3.91 34
United States 718,400853,700 18.813,530 10,27023,800

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with low employment opportunities. Read more.


2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 50.1428.0336.62 48.1261.0375.77
Alaska 57.2728.1835.70 48.5269.9392.86
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area **35.70 *69.93*

* indicates the estimate is not available, or the hourly wage is greater than $100, or the annual wage is greater than $208,000.


Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
20120 10.048.1 34.4
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation34
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation21
UI claimants previously working in occupation7
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 83
Number of job position postings 17
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 4.9

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: Bachelor’s degree Work experience: None On-the-job training: None

Training Resources

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Business Computer Info Systems AAS

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks   (Fairbanks)
Computer Engineering Bac

Alaska Economic Trends articles

Alaska’s IT Workers (April 2013)