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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

  • $88,000

    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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Applications & Systems Engineer Career Paths

Applications & Systems Engineer
Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Consultant Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Project Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Technician Specialist Senior Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Manager Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Director Chief Technology Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Program Manager Product Manager
Vice President, Product Management
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Principal Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Project Leader Information Technology Project Manager
Enterprise Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Senior Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Sales Engineer Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Sales Engineer Owner Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Sales Engineer Senior Project Manager Director Of Software Development
Vice President Of Software Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Applications Engineer Project Leader Technical Project Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Applications Engineer Project Leader Delivery Manager
Senior Delivery Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Applications Engineer Application Manager Manager Applications Development
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
Senior .NET Developer Lead Consultant Lead Integrator
Integration Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior .NET Developer Solutions Architect Senior Technical Architect
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Systems Analyst 3.4 years
Systems Developer 3.1 years
Software Engineer 3.0 years
Top Careers Before Applications & Systems Engineer
Consultant 6.8%
Programmer 3.5%
Developer 2.6%
Internship 2.6%
Top Careers After Applications & Systems Engineer
Consultant 8.4%
Manager 3.4%

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Applications & Systems Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

74.2%

Female

15.2%

Unknown

10.6%
Ethnicity

White

56.5%

Asian

16.2%

Hispanic or Latino

12.5%

Black or African American

9.8%

Unknown

4.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

22.2%

Chinese

14.8%

Carrier

11.1%

Portuguese

7.4%

German

7.4%

Japanese

7.4%

French

7.4%

Mandarin

7.4%

Russian

3.7%

Hindi

3.7%

Polish

3.7%

Arabic

3.7%
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Applications & Systems Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.0%

Arizona State University

9.0%

Purdue University

8.3%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

6.2%

Texas A&M University

5.5%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

5.5%

Capella University

5.5%

Wayne State University

4.8%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

4.1%

University of St. Thomas (Minnesota)

4.1%

Strayer University

4.1%

Lawrence Technological University

4.1%

University of South Florida

3.4%

University of Maryland - University College

3.4%

North Carolina State University

3.4%

Texas Tech University

3.4%

Pennsylvania State University

3.4%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.4%

University of Florida

3.4%

University of Washington

3.4%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

17.5%

Computer Science

16.7%

Business

12.7%

Computer Engineering

7.2%

Mechanical Engineering

7.2%

Information Technology

4.8%

Computer Information Systems

4.5%

Engineering

4.2%

Information Systems

3.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.7%

Management

2.7%

Computer Applications

2.6%

Finance

2.4%

Management Information Systems

2.0%

Project Management

1.8%

Mathematics

1.8%

Industrial Engineering

1.7%

Computer Networking

1.5%

Chemical Engineering

1.5%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

46.7%

Masters

31.2%

Other

11.1%

Associate

5.7%

Certificate

2.9%

Diploma

1.1%

Doctorate

1.0%

License

0.2%
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Average Yearly Salary
$88,000
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$68,000
Min 10%
$88,000
Median 50%
$88,000
Median 50%
$88,000
Median 50%
$88,000
Median 50%
$88,000
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$88,000
Median 50%
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Median 50%
$113,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Wells Fargo
Highest Paying City
San Jose, CA
Highest Paying State
Nevada
Avg Experience Level
3.5 years
How much does an Applications & Systems Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Applications & Systems Engineer in the United States is $88,544 per year or $43 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $68,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $113,000.

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
Applications Systems Engineer Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. New York, NY Jan 14, 2016 $165,000
Application Systems Engineer Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. New York, NY Sep 26, 2015 $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
Capital Markets Applications Systems Engineer Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. San Francisco, CA Jul 24, 2015 $160,000
Capital Markets Application Systems Engineer Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Charlotte, NC Dec 14, 2015 $160,000
Application Systems Engineer 6 Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. North Brunswick, NJ Apr 26, 2016 $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

  1. Web Application
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Database
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  • Analyze complex business requirements, design and provide estimates, write technical specifications to design or redesign complex web applications.
  • Created PL/SQL stored procedures to perform various operations that required to perform various database operations.
  • Performed data conversion and data element mapping of state legacy Medicaid system into relational database system.
  • Managed change control procedures to document and ensure proper authorization and notifications are sent and obtained prior to implementation.
  • Have written SOAP UI automated test cases and have written test scripts to manage the automation of tests.

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