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Working As An Application Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $84,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Application Engineer Do

Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or another device. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or that control networks.

Duties

Software developers typically do the following:

  • Analyze users’ needs and then design, test, and develop software to meet those needs
  • Recommend software upgrades for customers’ existing programs and systems
  • Design each piece of an application or a system and plan how the pieces will work together
  • Create a variety of models and diagrams (such as flowcharts) that instruct programmers how to write software code
  • Ensure that a program continues to function normally through software maintenance and testing
  • Document every aspect of an application or a system as a reference for future maintenance and upgrades
  • Collaborate with other computer specialists to create optimum software

Software developers are in charge of the entire development process for a software program. They may begin by asking how the customer plans to use the software. They must identify the core functionality that users need from software programs. Software developers must also determine user requirements that are unrelated to the functionality of software, such as the level of security and performance needs. They design the program and then give instructions to programmers, who write computer code and test it.

If the program does not work as expected or if testers find it too difficult to use, software developers go back to the design process to fix the problems or improve the program. After the program is released to the customer, a developer may perform upgrades and maintenance.

Developers usually work closely with computer programmers. However, in some companies, developers write code themselves instead of giving instructions to the programmers.

Developers who supervise a software project from the planning stages through implementation sometimes are called information technology (IT) project managers. These workers monitor the project’s progress to ensure that it meets deadlines, standards, and cost targets. IT project managers who plan and direct an organization’s IT department or IT policies are included in the profile on computer and information systems managers.

The following are examples of types of software developers:

Applications software developers design computer applications, such as word processors and games, for consumers. They may create custom software for a specific customer or commercial software to be sold to the general public. Some applications software developers create complex databases for organizations. They also create programs that people use over the Internet and within a company’s intranet.

Systems software developers create the systems that keep computers functioning properly. These could be operating systems for computers that the general public buys or systems built specifically for an organization. Often, systems software developers also build the system’s interface, which is what allows users to interact with the computer. Systems software developers are creating the operating systems that control most of the consumer electronics in use today, including the systems in phones or cars.

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How To Become An Application Engineer

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree in computer science and strong computer programming skills.

Education

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree, typically in computer science, software engineering, or a related field. A degree in mathematics is also acceptable. Computer science degree programs are the most common, because they tend to cover a broad range of topics. Students should focus on classes related to building software in order to better prepare themselves for work in the occupation. For some positions, employers may prefer a master’s degree.

Although writing code is not their first priority, developers must have a strong background in computer programming. They usually gain this experience in school. Throughout their career, developers must keep up to date on new tools and computer languages.

Software developers also need skills related to the industry in which they work. Developers working in a bank, for example, should have knowledge of finance so that they can understand a bank’s computing needs.

Other Experience

Many students gain experience in software development by completing an internship at a software company while in college.

Some software developers first work as computer programmers and then are given more responsibility as they gain experience. Eventually, they become developers.

Advancement

Software developers can advance to become information technology (IT) project managers, also called computer and information systems managers, a position in which they oversee the software development process.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Developers must analyze users’ needs and then design software to meet those needs.

Communication skills. Developers must be able to give clear instructions to others working on a project. They must also explain to their customers how the software works and answer any questions that arise.

Computer skills. Developers must understand computer capabilities and programming languages in order to design effective software.

Creativity. Developers are the creative minds behind new computer software.

Detail oriented. Developers often work on many parts of an application or system at the same time and must therefore be able to concentrate and pay attention to detail.

Interpersonal skills. Software developers must be able to work well with others who contribute to designing, developing, and programming successful software.

Problem-solving skills. Because developers are in charge of software from beginning to end, they must be able to solve problems that arise throughout the design process.

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Application Engineer Career Paths

Application Engineer
Program Manager Marketing Manager
Director, Product Marketing
11 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Product Manager Marketing Manager
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Sales Engineer Account Manager Account Executive
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Product Manager Senior Product Manager
Principal Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Business Analyst Product Manager
Product Line Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Operations Manager Account Executive
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Product Manager Sales Manager Marketing Manager
Product Marketing Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Sales Engineer Sales Manager
Regional Sales Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Design Engineer Senior Engineer Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Senior Manager Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Software Engineer Product Manager
Senior Product Marketing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager General Manager
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Senior Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Program Manager Business Developer
Vice President, Business Development
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Product Manager Product Management Director
Vice President, Product Management
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Engineer 4.2 years
Sales Engineer 3.7 years
Product Engineer 3.5 years
Project Engineer 3.3 years
Engineer 3.2 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 6.5%
Engineer 5.9%
Consultant 3.5%
Top Employers After
Consultant 5.4%
Engineer 4.7%

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Application Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

83.2%

Female

13.4%

Unknown

3.4%
Ethnicity

White

71.3%

Asian

15.6%

Hispanic or Latino

9.0%

Unknown

3.3%

Black or African American

0.8%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

34.0%

French

9.6%

German

9.6%

Chinese

6.7%

Mandarin

6.5%

Portuguese

6.1%

Japanese

5.3%

Arabic

3.1%

Carrier

2.9%

Cantonese

2.9%

Italian

2.8%

Hindi

2.0%

Russian

2.0%

Korean

1.8%

Tamil

1.0%

Vietnamese

0.8%

Turkish

0.8%

Malay

0.8%

Greek

0.8%

Swedish

0.6%
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Application Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

9.7%

Purdue University

7.7%

Northeastern University

6.7%

Pennsylvania State University

6.3%

Rochester Institute of Technology

6.1%

Texas A&M University

5.8%

Arizona State University

5.0%

University of Texas at Austin

4.8%

San Jose State University

4.8%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.8%

University of Houston

4.2%

Michigan State University

4.1%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

4.1%

North Carolina State University

4.0%

Santa Clara University

3.8%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

3.8%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

3.6%

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

3.6%

Wayne State University

3.5%

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

3.5%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

21.4%

Electrical Engineering

21.1%

Business

11.3%

Computer Science

7.9%

Computer Engineering

4.1%

Chemical Engineering

4.0%

Management

3.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.0%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.9%

Engineering

2.6%

Industrial Technology

2.6%

Computer Information Systems

2.1%

Project Management

1.9%

Industrial Engineering

1.9%

Information Technology

1.8%

Drafting And Design

1.7%

Physics

1.7%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.7%

Marketing

1.6%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

47.4%

Masters

28.3%

Other

12.3%

Associate

5.8%

Doctorate

3.0%

Certificate

2.4%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.1%
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Real Application Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
IT Applications Engineer Netflix Los Gatos, CA May 21, 2015 $200,000
Hardware Application Engineer Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Mar 31, 2016 $187,091
Staff Application Engineer Cadence Design Systems, Inc. Irvine, CA Jan 08, 2016 $173,000 -
$193,000
Application Engineer Google Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Nov 14, 2016 $172,000
Application Engineer (Pre-Sales AE) Keysight Technologies, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jun 09, 2016 $167,634
Application Engineer III Adecco USA, Inc. Mountain View, CA Jul 06, 2016 $167,294 -
$182,195
Application Engineer III Adecco USA, Inc. Mountain View, CA May 18, 2015 $167,294 -
$182,195
Application Engineer Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Dec 12, 2016 $165,000
Mobile Applications Engineer A&D Engineering, Inc. San Jose, CA Nov 15, 2016 $164,382
Application Engineer Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Aug 25, 2015 $160,564
Application Engineer Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Jul 18, 2016 $160,000
Camera Applications Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Oct 26, 2015 $160,000 -
$180,000
Application Engineer Lithium Technologies, Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 06, 2016 $160,000
Application Engineer Applied Materials, Inc. Albany, NY Feb 24, 2016 $106,118
Applications Engineer FEI Company Hillsboro, OR Jul 10, 2015 $106,090
Applications Engineer Power Integrations San Jose, CA Jul 13, 2015 $106,000 -
$126,000
Application Engineer Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Oct 29, 2015 $106,000 -
$114,400
Applications Engineer Power Integrations San Jose, CA Jun 29, 2015 $106,000 -
$126,000
Web Services Java Application Engineer Genworth North America Corporation Richmond, VA Jul 19, 2015 $105,800
Applications Engineer Rocket Fuel Inc. Redwood City, CA Aug 25, 2016 $105,790 -
$110,000
Application Engineer Populus Group LLC Charlotte, NC Nov 23, 2015 $105,602
Architecture & Applications Engineer Flex Logix Technologies, Inc. Mountain View, CA Sep 26, 2016 $85,654 -
$99,370
Application Engineer Ansys, Inc. San Jose, CA Oct 17, 2016 $85,654 -
$105,000
Project Application Engineer 2 Invensys Systems, Inc. Webster, TX Jul 12, 2015 $85,592 -
$95,094
Application Engineer Belcan Corporation Ann Arbor, MI Sep 11, 2015 $85,567
Application Engineer Altair Engineering, Inc. Troy, MI Aug 26, 2016 $85,560
Applications Engineer Texas Instruments Incorporated Dallas, TX May 02, 2015 $85,500
Application Engineer NCS Pearson, Inc. Rancho Cordova, CA Oct 01, 2015 $85,465
Application Engineer Powerschool Group LLC Rancho Cordova, CA Sep 10, 2015 $85,395

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Top Skills for An Application Engineer

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  1. New Product Development
  2. Technical Support
  3. Database
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Participated in a decision making process regarding new product development, pricing and sales strategies.
  • Manage all first level of technical support for all Asia Pacific/Japan customers and AEs.
  • Created and administrated three databases in MS Access for use in TI's CPU development program.
  • Developed and maintained web-based configuration management for the RealPlayer software update service.
  • Develop computer programs to perform redundant engineering calculations specific to CRC's product line.

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