Developer Programmers interpret specifications, technical designs and flow charts, build, maintain and modify the code for software applications, construct technical specifications from a business functional model, and test and write technical documentation.

Also known as: Applications Developer, ICT Developer, or ICT Programmer.

Specialisations: Communications Programmer (Systems), Database Developer, Database Programmer (Systems), Network Programmer, Software Developer, Software Programmer.

You can work as a Developer Programmer without formal qualifications if you are able to demonstrate your technical competency to employers. There are also a wide range of vendor and industry certifications available that may substitute for formal qualifications and can be highly regarded by employers. However, most workers do hold a VET or university qualification.

Tasks

  • Writes and maintains programme code to meet system requirements, system designs and technical specifications in accordance with quality accredited standards.
  • Writes, updates and maintains technical programme, end user documentation and operational procedures.

All Software and Applications Programmers

  • $2,003 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Developer Programmers

  • 34,300 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 88% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 41 hours Average full-time
  • 37 years Average age
  • 15% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Developer Programmers (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 26,900 in 2011 to 34,300 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a large occupation.
  • Location: Developer Programmers work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Financial and Insurance Services; and Public Administration and Safety.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (88%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 37 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 15% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services54.9
Financial and Insurance Services10.5
Public Administration and Safety8.2
Information Media and Telecommunications5.2
Other Industries21.2

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateDeveloper ProgrammersAll Jobs Average
NSW36.931.6
VIC30.125.6
QLD14.520.0
SA4.67.0
WA6.710.8
TAS1.12.0
NT0.31.0
ACT5.91.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketDeveloper ProgrammersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.5-5.05.0
20-245.4-9.39.3
25-3434.3-22.922.9
35-4432.8-22.022.0
45-5417.5-21.621.6
55-595.2-9.09.0
60-642.8-6.06.0
65 and Over1.5-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationDeveloper ProgrammersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate23.4-10.110.1
Bachelor degree55.3-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma6.8-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV2.9-21.121.1
Year 1210.1-18.118.1
Year 110.7-4.84.8
Year 10 and below0.9-12.512.5

You can work as a Developer Programmer without formal qualifications if you are able to demonstrate your technical competency to employers. There are also a wide range of vendor and industry certifications available that may substitute for formal qualifications and can be highly regarded by employers. However, most workers do hold a VET or university qualification.

Membership with information technology associations or peak bodies may be useful.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • additional IT certifications offered by peak bodies, industry associations and vendors

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Information and Communications Technology VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

Useful links and resources


The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

Employers look for Software and Applications Programmers who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong computer skills.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Computers and Electronics

    96% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  2. Mathematics

    67% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  3. English Language

    58% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  4. Administration and Management

    53% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  5. Customer and Personal Service

    46% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Electronic Mail

    97% Important

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  2. Spend Time Sitting

    97% Important

    How much time do you spend sitting?

  3. Indoors, Heat Controlled

    95% Important

    How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

  4. Being Exact or Accurate

    93% Important

    How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

  5. Telephone

    89% Important

    How often do you talk on the telephone?

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 15-1131.00 - Computer Programmers.

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