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Working As An Associate Software Engineer

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

  • $76,584

    Average Salary

What Does An Associate Software 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 Associate Software 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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Associate Software Engineer Career Paths

Associate Software Engineer
Senior Software Engineer Software Development Manager
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Senior Business Analyst Implementation Manager
Integration Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Information Technology Director Chief Technology Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Java Developer Senior Consultant Senior Product Manager
Principal Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Systems Analyst Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Software Engineering Analyst Business Analyst Senior Project Manager
Senior Delivery Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Software Engineering Analyst Senior Software Engineer Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Product Manager Product Management Director
Senior Director, Product Management
14 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Java Developer Senior Programmer Analyst Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Senior Software Engineer Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Business Analyst Product Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Marketing Manager Creative Director
User Experience Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Manager Applications Development Application Development Director
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
Engineer Engineering Director Director Of Software Development
Vice President Of Software Engineering
14 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Development Manager Director Of Software Development
Vice President, Software Development
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Software Engineer 3.0 years
Software Analyst 2.6 years
Software Developer 2.6 years
Developer 2.2 years
Junior Developer 1.4 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 19.2%
Programmer 5.5%
Trainee 3.6%
Developer 2.8%
Top Employers After
Consultant 3.5%
Internship 2.8%
Developer 2.0%

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Associate Software Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

66.3%

Female

31.2%

Unknown

2.5%
Ethnicity

Asian

40.9%

White

36.3%

Hispanic or Latino

10.0%

Black or African American

7.3%

Unknown

5.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

16.7%

French

13.9%

Hindi

13.9%

German

8.3%

Portuguese

5.6%

Japanese

5.6%

Filipino

2.8%

Telugu

2.8%

Mongolian

2.8%

Marathi

2.8%

Dutch

2.8%

Kannada

2.8%

Braille

2.8%

Mandarin

2.8%

Korean

2.8%

Croatian

2.8%

Chinese

2.8%

Bengali

2.8%

Italian

2.8%
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Associate Software Engineer Education

Schools

University of Texas at Dallas

10.1%

San Jose State University

9.9%

University of Southern California

6.5%

Syracuse University

5.4%

University of Texas at Arlington

5.4%

University of Illinois at Chicago

5.4%

Carnegie Mellon University

5.4%

More Tech Institute

5.4%

Arizona State University

5.1%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.8%

State University of New York Buffalo

4.2%

Texas A&M University

4.2%

George Mason University

4.2%

Northeastern University

4.2%

North Carolina State University

3.4%

University of Florida

3.4%

University of Washington

3.4%

DePaul University

3.4%

University of Houston

3.4%

San Diego State University

3.1%
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Majors

Computer Science

36.2%

Computer Engineering

13.5%

Electrical Engineering

9.8%

Information Technology

7.1%

Computer Applications

4.5%

Computer Information Systems

4.4%

Business

4.3%

Information Systems

3.7%

Management Information Systems

2.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.8%

Engineering

1.8%

Computer Networking

1.8%

Finance

1.6%

Management

1.3%

Mechanical Engineering

1.2%

Mathematics

1.2%

Information Sciences

0.9%

Marketing

0.8%

Project Management

0.7%

Industrial Engineering

0.7%
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Degrees

Masters

48.9%

Bachelors

41.6%

Other

5.3%

Associate

1.7%

Certificate

1.0%

Doctorate

0.8%

Diploma

0.6%
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Real Associate Software Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Manager, Software Engineering (Technical Associate Director) Directv LLC El Segundo, CA Oct 25, 2016 $141,801
Associate Software Engineer, Infrastructure Salesforce.Com, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 20, 2016 $138,445
Software Engineer-Applications (Release Engineering Associate) Salesforce.Com San Francisco, CA Jun 20, 2016 $135,013
Associate, Software Engineer Blackrock Financial Management New York, NY Nov 15, 2016 $125,000
Software Engineers-Applications (Associate Member of Technical Staff) Salesforce.Com San Francisco, CA Oct 06, 2016 $121,000
Associate Software Engineer Salesforce.Com, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 14, 2016 $120,390
Associate Software Engineer In Test Salesforce.Com, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 15, 2015 $120,000
Associate Software Engineer In Test Salesforce.Com, Inc. San Mateo, CA Aug 15, 2015 $120,000
Associate Software Engineer In Quality Salesforce.Com, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 15, 2015 $118,450
Associate Software Engineer In Test Salesforce.Com, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 15, 2015 $118,000
Associate Software Engineer In Test, Matrix Salesforce.Com Inc. San Francisco, CA May 25, 2016 $117,603
Associate, Software Engineering Hyundai Autoever America, LLC Fountain Valley, CA Jun 18, 2015 $86,124
Associate Software Engineer The Rubicon Project, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 21, 2016 $86,000
Associate Software Engineer Airwatch, LLC Atlanta, GA Aug 19, 2015 $85,400
Associate Software Engineer Airwatch, LLC Atlanta, GA Sep 03, 2015 $85,400
Software Engineering Associate Amdocs Inc. Overland Park, KS Aug 11, 2015 $85,069
Software Engineer, Associate Samsung Research America, Inc. New York, NY Mar 09, 2016 $72,800
Associate Software Engineer Stanford Health Care Palo Alto, CA Nov 04, 2016 $72,508 -
$129,084
Associate Software Engineer Seabury Airline Planning Group, LLC Reston, VA Aug 17, 2016 $72,500
Associate Software Engineer Robert Bosch LLC Plymouth, MI Aug 30, 2016 $72,500
Associate Software Engineer Veeva Systems Inc. Pleasanton, CA Aug 05, 2015 $72,322
Associate Software Engineer Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. Irvine, CA Nov 23, 2015 $72,252

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Top Skills for An Associate Software Engineer

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  1. Web
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Test Plans
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  • Support transition from an AS400 and VB-based systems to a Web-based system for all manner of sales and inventory reporting.
  • Contributed to automation of manual report generation process using PL/SQL programming language.
  • Developed and executed unit test plans according to company testing policy.
  • Developed automated data analysis scripts in Python, increasing accuracy of results and reducing individual engineer analysis time.
  • Applied Master Pages and CSS, Navigation controls, HTML, WPF for a consistent look and feel for page design.

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