Application Development

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North's Application Development B.A.S. Degree program prepares students for software development roles in a variety of industries. The demand for such roles is expected to continue double-digit growth, year-over-year, for the next decade. The Puget Sound region remains one the largest – and best paying – locations for this work.

Entrants to the field can expect to see a requirement of an in-progress Bachelor's degree for internships and a completed degree for entry-level jobs. The Application Development B.A.S. degree prepares you to achieve your employment goals through challenging and rewarding project work and detailed employment preparation and assistance.

Program Support

Our AD program employs a full-time Technical Employment Program Manager to help students navigate the complexities of the internship and job application process, and works with the campus Career Services specialist to provide even more help.

We’ve built extensive Employment-related support into our program, including:

  • 1-on-1 Assistance with Setting and Reviewing Employment Goals
  • Workshops and Practice Sessions for Resumes, Online Profiles, Networking, Interview Skills, Negotiations, and more
  • Company Info Sessions, Career Fairs, On-Site Company Events, External Hiring Events, and Meetups
  • Direct Referrals for Jobs and Internships from industry contacts
  • Work-Based Learning Courses (Internships, Practicums, etc.)

Job Titles

AD students and graduates can expect opportunities for a variety of roles, including: 

  • Software Developer
  • Web Application Developer
  • Mobile Application Developer
  • Software Engineer
  • Site Reliability Engineer  
  • Software Analyst  
  • Software Quality Assurance


Wages for the above titles vary by region, experience level, responsibilities, employer field, size of business, and other compensation.

According to a composite from and, Seattle Software Developers can expect to earn:

  • Intern: $23-48 per hour
  • Entry-Level: $66,000-119,000 per year
  • 1-3 Years Experience: $118-167,000 per year
  • 3+ Years Experience:  $130-186,000 per year

Note that these numbers can go much higher with job title changes, such as Software Engineering jobs, Lead titles, or Management roles.


Our AD students have landed internships and jobs at over 130 different companies and institutions, including major technology companies, new startups, non-profits, international corporations, educational organizations, and more.

  • Accenture
  • Accolade
  • Agitare
  • AIG
  • Amazon
  • AT&T
  • Banner Bank
  • Ben Bridge
  • Boeing
  • CDK Global
  • CellNetix
  • Charles Schwab
  • City of Seattle 
  • Clarity Ventures
  • CodeDay Labs
  • Compass Group
  • Cutter & Buck
  • DigitSec
  • Disney
  • Discovery, Inc.
  • eBay
  • Esterline
  •  Expedia
  • Expeditors
  • Farmer's Insurance
  • Floop
  • GameSim  
  • GE
  • HCL Technologies
  • HealthSlate
  • Humana
  • IBM
  • Infosys*
  • Jobscan
  • Microsoft
  • Nanostring
  • National Testing Network
  • Nordstrom
  • Pactera Edge
  • Phillips
  • StayPineapple  
  • Premera
  • Puget Sound Energy
  • Razorfish
  • Redfin
  • Ripl, Inc.
  • Salesforce
  • SAP/Concur
  • Seattle City Light
  • Seattle Colleges
  • Semble
  • Smartsheet
  • Slalom 
  • Starbucks
  • TATA Consulting Services
  • T-Mobile
  • Tyler Technologies
  • Uber
  •  Virtuoso
  • Wave Broadband
  • Weyerhaeuser
  • WiPro
  • … and many more

Recouping Program Costs

Program survey data shows that graduates from North's Application Development Program see an average salary increase of over 60% in their first year after graduation. This means that most of our graduates recoup their entire 2-year tuition cost within a year of program completion.