Application Development

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North's Application Development B.A.S. Degree program aims to prepare students for software development roles in a variety of industries. The demand for such developers is expected to grow at a rate of 24% over the next decade, with the Puget Sound region remaining 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.

Job Titles

Our alumni place into a variety of roles, with the most common being:

  •     Software Developer
  •     Web (Applications) Developer
  •     Mobile Application Developer
  •     Software Engineer
  •     DevOps Engineer
  •     Software Developer in Test


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:

  •     Entry Level Software Developer: between $32.69 to $45.19 per hour ($68,000 to $94,000 per year)
  •     Average Software Developer: about $49.79 per hour ($103,560 per year)
  •     Experienced Software Developer: between $57.21 to $72.60 per hour ($119,000 to $151,000 per year)


Our students have landed internships and jobs at over 75 different companies and institutions, including major technology companies, new startups, non-profits, international corporations, educational organizations, and more.

This list includes:

  • 2A Consulting
  • Agitare
  • Amazon
  • Apex Systems
  • Avandade
  • Aveva
  • Axio Research
  • Ben Bridge
  • CDK Global
  • CellNetix
  • Changepoint
  • Chatbox
  • Cherwell Software
  • CI Systems
  • City of SeaTac
  • City of Seattle 
  • Companis
  • Compass Group
  • Cutter & Buck
  • Disney
  • Discovery, Inc.
  • DESC
  • EduOnGo
  • ESP Associates
  • Esterline
  • Expedia
  • Expeditors
  • Eurest
  • Floop
  • GE
  • HCL Technologies
  • Heated Details, Inc.
  • HMA
  • HealthSlate
  • IBM
  • Infinite Ops
  • iSee AI
  • KellyMitchell Group
  • Lynden Incorporated
  • Microsoft
  • MoxiWorks
  • Nanostring
  • NFI Logistics 
  • Nimble
  • Nordstrom
  • Olympic Systems
  • Olyweb
  • Paperless Business Systems
  • Parametric Portfolio Solutions
  • Phillips
  • Premera
  • Puget Sound Energy
  • Pluto VR
  • Redfin
  • Retail Lockbox, Inc.
  • Ripl, Inc.
  • Salesforce
  • SAP/Concur
  • Seagull Scientific
  • Seattle City Light
  • Seattle Colleges
  • Semble
  • Sendfie, Inc.
  • Slalom Consulting
  • Starbucks
  • T-Mobile
  • Triadd Software Corporation
  • Unloop
  • Virtuoso
  • Wave Broadband
  • Weconnect
  • Weyerhaeuser
  • Wicket Labs
  • WiPro
  • Wireless Advocates
  • and 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 our graduates pay for their entire 2-year program tuition within the first year after they finish.

Employment Assistance

Achieving your goal of working in the software development industry is not something you have to do alone. You and your fellow students will have the support of the Program Manager, Internship Coordinator, Faculty, and our industry contacts to help guide you along the way. In addition, the program hosts Meetups, Career Fairs, site visits, and other events to help start your engagement with the industry.

North's Application Development team provides job search training, assistance with resumes and online profiles, and follow-through help with preparing for interviews. With this help, over 75% of graduates have landed industry-relevant work within 6 months of graduation. And after graduation, an alumni support network is there to help you continue your growth in the industry.