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Working As An Applications Engineering Manager

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

  • $117,624

    Average Salary

What Does An Applications Engineering Manager 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 Applications Engineering Manager

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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Average Length of Employment
Top Employers Before
Manager 2.4%
Top Employers After
President 3.4%
Consultant 3.0%

Applications Engineering Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

88.8%

Female

7.4%

Unknown

3.8%
Ethnicity

White

73.6%

Asian

13.9%

Hispanic or Latino

9.2%

Unknown

2.6%

Black or African American

0.8%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

41.2%

Chinese

17.6%

German

11.8%

Mandarin

11.8%

Japanese

5.9%

French

5.9%

Thai

5.9%
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Applications Engineering Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.5%

Texas A&M University

9.5%

Northeastern University

9.5%

Santa Clara University

7.6%

University of Texas at Austin

7.6%

Purdue University

6.7%

Pennsylvania State University

4.8%

University of California - Berkeley

4.8%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

4.8%

San Jose State University

3.8%

University of California - Davis

3.8%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.8%

Rice University

2.9%

University of Washington

2.9%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

2.9%

University of California - San Diego

2.9%

Villanova University

2.9%

Wayne State University

2.9%

University of Wisconsin Extension

2.9%

Johns Hopkins University

2.9%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

22.4%

Business

19.0%

Mechanical Engineering

14.6%

Chemical Engineering

5.0%

Computer Science

4.4%

Management

4.0%

Industrial Technology

3.7%

Engineering

3.4%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.8%

Finance

2.5%

Project Management

2.2%

Physics

2.2%

Drafting And Design

1.9%

Computer Engineering

1.9%

Chemistry

1.9%

Education

1.9%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.6%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.6%

Marketing

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.1%

Masters

33.7%

Other

14.7%

Associate

4.2%

Doctorate

3.2%

Certificate

2.7%

Diploma

0.5%
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Real Applications Engineering Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Manager, Web Application Engineering Hospitality Ebusiness Strategies, Inc. New York, NY May 27, 2015 $195,208
Manager Applications Engineering RF Micro Devices, Inc. (Dbaqorvo) San Jose, CA Jul 06, 2016 $167,620
Manager Application Engineering Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Sep 27, 2012 $166,650 -
$191,100
SR. Applications Engineering Manager Power Integrations, Inc. San Jose, CA Apr 13, 2013 $161,175 -
$180,000
Engineering Manager, Web Based Applications Udemy, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 21, 2015 $160,000
Application Engineer (US Support Manager) IAR Systems Software, Inc. Marlborough, MA Jul 12, 2013 $156,000
Engineering Manager, Applications Groupon, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Aug 10, 2015 $152,901 -
$175,000
Manager, Corporate Application Engineering SOC Power Ansys, Inc. San Jose, CA Jan 11, 2016 $152,131 -
$167,000
Engineering Manager-Applications Groupon, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Feb 06, 2015 $151,700 -
$175,000
Engineering Manager-Applications Groupon, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Nov 07, 2014 $151,700 -
$200,000
Engineering Manager-Applications Groupon, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Nov 06, 2014 $150,000 -
$200,000
Manager, Applications Engineering (PHY) PLX Technology, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Nov 01, 2011 $150,000
MGR II, Corporate Applications Engineer Synopsys, Inc. Mountain View, CA Nov 07, 2014 $148,043 -
$158,043
Application Engineering Manager Gilead Sciences, Inc. Foster City, CA Dec 10, 2015 $130,795 -
$143,205
Applications Engineering Manager KLA-Tencor Corporation Milpitas, CA Apr 07, 2016 $130,395
Applications Engineering Manager KLA-Tencor Corporation Milpitas, CA Jul 23, 2016 $130,395
Applications Engineering Manager KLA-Tencor Corporation Milpitas, CA Dec 28, 2015 $130,395
Manager 1 Applications Engineer Atoptech, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Oct 10, 2016 $130,062
Application Engineering Manager Gilead Sciences, Inc. Foster City, CA Mar 08, 2014 $129,539 -
$152,623
Applications Development Engineering Manager KLA-Tencor Corporation Milpitas, CA Aug 12, 2014 $128,560
Application Engineering Manager Gilead Sciences, Inc. Foster City, CA May 18, 2015 $127,777 -
$160,745
Applications Engineering Manager KLA-Tencor Corporation Milpitas, CA Jul 02, 2012 $117,166
Applications Engineering Manager Infiswift, Inc. San Ramon, CA Nov 16, 2016 $116,854 -
$140,000
Manager Sections Applications Engineering Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Apr 13, 2016 $115,982 -
$155,158
Applications Development Engineering Manager KLA-Tencor Corporation Milpitas, CA Dec 27, 2013 $115,981
Application Engineer Manager NIKE, Inc. Beaverton, OR Apr 30, 2012 $115,065
Applications Engineering Manager Source Photonics CA Feb 02, 2014 $115,000
Manager Sections Applications Engineering Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Apr 13, 2015 $114,865 -
$152,701

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Top Skills for An Applications Engineering Manager

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Top Applications Engineering Manager Skills

  1. Technical Support
  2. Hardware
  3. Product Line
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided technical support to the Business Development and Marketing teams for new strategic revenue opportunities.
  • Identified software, hardware and process improvements to enhance system performance and reliability.
  • Supported the Sales & Marketing group on new product lines, customer demonstrations and tool specifications.
  • Participated in a team that helped to grow our OEM printing business at over 10% per year.
  • Provided input for new product development and product enhancements.

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