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Working As An Applications & Systems Engineer

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

  • $99,339

    Average Salary

What Does An Applications & Systems 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 Applications & Systems 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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Average Length of Employment
Senior Engineer 4.3 years
Team Lead Engineer 3.4 years
Lead Engineer 3.4 years
Systems Analyst 3.4 years
Knowledge Engineer 3.4 years
Lead Technician 3.3 years
Engineer 3.2 years
Systems Engineer 3.2 years
Systems Architect 3.2 years
Solutions Engineer 2.7 years
Lead Architect 2.5 years
Lead Developer 2.5 years
Module Lead 2.0 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 6.4%
Developer 3.6%
Top Employers After
Consultant 7.4%

Applications & Systems Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

77.0%

Female

20.0%

Unknown

2.9%
Ethnicity

White

70.5%

Asian

16.5%

Hispanic or Latino

8.4%

Unknown

3.8%

Black or African American

0.8%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

26.7%

Chinese

20.0%

Mandarin

13.3%

Portuguese

6.7%

Cantonese

6.7%

Japanese

6.7%

French

6.7%

Carrier

6.7%

Hindi

6.7%
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Applications & Systems Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

9.2%

Arizona State University

7.7%

University of St. Thomas (Minnesota)

7.7%

University of Maryland - University College

6.2%

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

6.2%

Capella University

6.2%

Brigham Young University

4.6%

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

4.6%

Brigham Young University - Idaho

4.6%

Lamar University

4.6%

Colorado Technical University

4.6%

State University of New York Stony Brook

4.6%

Lawrence Technological University

4.6%

Michigan State University

4.6%

The Academy

4.6%

University of Florida

3.1%

ITT Technical Institute-Greenville

3.1%

Des Moines Area Community College

3.1%

North Carolina State University

3.1%

University of Iowa

3.1%
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Majors

Computer Science

19.9%

Business

12.0%

Electrical Engineering

10.2%

Computer Engineering

8.3%

Computer Information Systems

7.1%

Information Technology

6.8%

Mechanical Engineering

4.1%

Engineering

4.1%

Mathematics

3.4%

Information Systems

3.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.6%

Finance

2.6%

Computer Applications

2.6%

Project Management

2.6%

Education

2.3%

Management

1.9%

Management Information Systems

1.9%

Industrial Technology

1.5%

Criminal Justice

1.5%

Manufacturing Engineering

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.0%

Masters

32.4%

Other

10.5%

Associate

5.7%

Certificate

3.0%

Diploma

1.8%

Doctorate

1.5%
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Real Applications & Systems Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Capital Markets Application Systems Engineer Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. North Brunswick, NJ Aug 22, 2016 $194,250
Capital Markets Application Systems Engineer Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. North Brunswick, NJ Apr 06, 2015 $185,000
Capital Markets Applications Systems Engineer Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Fremont, CA Apr 22, 2016 $179,176
Applications Systems Engineer Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Charlotte, NC Oct 01, 2015 $176,000
Capital Markets Applications Systems Engineer Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. San Francisco, CA Feb 05, 2016 $168,300
Application Systems Engineer Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. New York, NY Sep 26, 2015 $165,000
Applications Systems Engineer Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. New York, NY Jan 14, 2016 $165,000
Capital Markets Applications Systems Engineer 3 Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Charlotte, NC Apr 24, 2015 $164,220
Application Systems Engineer Princeton Information, Ltd. Jersey City, NJ Dec 11, 2015 $162,510
Capital Markets Application Systems Engineer Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. New York, NY Aug 26, 2015 $162,000
Capital Markets Application Systems Engineer Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Charlotte, NC Apr 28, 2016 $161,000
Application Systems Engineer 6 Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. North Brunswick, NJ Apr 26, 2016 $160,000
Capital Markets Application Systems Engineer Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Charlotte, NC Dec 14, 2015 $160,000
Capital Markets Applications Systems Engineer Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. San Francisco, CA Jul 24, 2015 $160,000
Application Systems Engineer Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Charlotte, NC Nov 12, 2015 $115,000
Application Systems Engineer 5 Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Charlotte, NC Jan 12, 2015 $115,000
Applications Systems Engineer Virtual Construction, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 16, 2015 $114,400 -
$134,637
Staff Systems Application Engineer Infineon Technologies Americas Corp. Livonia, MI Aug 30, 2016 $113,172
Systems & Applications Engineer V Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. San Jose, CA Dec 03, 2015 $113,100 -
$169,700
Application Systems Engineer 5 Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Addison, TX Jan 26, 2016 $113,000
Software Application Systems Engineer Virtual Construction Inc. Irvine, CA Apr 22, 2015 $112,000 -
$116,000
Lead Application Systems Engineer National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) Wilmington, DE Aug 30, 2016 $112,000
Applications Systems Engineer 5 Advantage Technical Resourcing, Inc. Charlotte, NC Apr 13, 2015 $88,067
System Application Engineer Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC Beaverton, OR Aug 01, 2016 $87,963 -
$100,000
System Application Engineer On Semiconductor Beaverton, OR Sep 25, 2015 $87,963 -
$110,000
System Application Engineer On Semiconductor Beaverton, OR Feb 29, 2016 $87,963 -
$110,000
Applications/Systems Engineer Aviat U.S., Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jan 19, 2015 $87,090 -
$117,188
Applications Systems Engineer Neelinfo, Inc. Oakland, CA Jan 19, 2015 $86,000
Senior Application System Engineer HCA Management Services LP Franklin, TN Jan 09, 2016 $85,072 -
$100,000

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Top Skills for An Applications & Systems Engineer

WebDataAnalysisWindowsSQLServerProceduresXMLLinuxArchitectureUnixPlatformTroubleshootProductionEnvironmentCobolBusinessRequirementsJavascriptTechnicalSupportDB2QAUserInterfaceJ2Ee

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Top Applications & Systems Engineer Skills

  1. Web
  2. Data Analysis
  3. Windows
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed web based monitoring system for production support.
  • Build the custom Windows Embedded operating system.
  • Utilized MS SQL Server to create tables and run queries of internal web sites to manage registration compliance.
  • Provided recommendations to improve processes and procedures; participated both in implementation and taking the lead role in implementation as assigned.
  • Used XML Input stage for the extracting the data and XML transformer to load the data to the staging area.

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