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Working As An Associate Systems Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Getting Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $73,718

    Average Salary

What Does An Associate 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 Associate 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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Associate Systems Engineer Career Paths

Associate Systems Engineer
Technical Support Specialist Business Analyst Business Systems Senior Analyst
Business Systems Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Engineer Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Applications Developer Senior Systems Engineer Manager, Systems Engineering
Director Of Systems Engineering
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Senior Software Engineer Director Of Software Development
Director Technical Development
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Support Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Technical Consultant Network Administrator
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Database Administrator Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Systems Analyst Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Applications Developer Senior Systems Analyst Systems Manager
Systems Director
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Analyst Assistant Vice President
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Systems Analyst 3.3 years
Engineer 3.2 years
Computer Engineer 3.1 years
Systems Engineer 3.1 years
Systems Consultant 2.9 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 14.9%
Programmer 4.1%
Technician 3.3%
Consultant 3.0%
Top Employers After
Consultant 6.1%
Internship 2.5%
Manager 2.5%

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Associate Systems Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

68.8%

Female

29.3%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

46.9%

Asian

24.4%

Hispanic or Latino

13.2%

Black or African American

10.3%

Unknown

5.2%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

23.1%

French

15.4%

Hindi

9.6%

German

7.7%

Japanese

7.7%

Portuguese

5.8%

Mandarin

3.8%

Kannada

3.8%

Telugu

1.9%

Marathi

1.9%

Shona

1.9%

Gujarati

1.9%

Dutch

1.9%

Sanskrit

1.9%

Norwegian

1.9%

Bengali

1.9%

Tamil

1.9%

Malayalam

1.9%

Italian

1.9%

Chinese

1.9%
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Associate Systems Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

8.2%

George Washington University

8.2%

University of Texas at Dallas

6.7%

George Mason University

6.7%

Northeastern University

6.0%

Johns Hopkins University

6.0%

University of Texas at Arlington

5.2%

Arizona State University

5.2%

Santa Clara University

5.2%

Villanova University

5.2%

University of Maryland - College Park

4.5%

More Tech Institute

4.5%

University of Maryland - University College

3.7%

University of Central Florida

3.7%

New York University

3.7%

University of Illinois at Chicago

3.7%

State University of New York Buffalo

3.7%

University of Houston

3.7%

Texas A&M University

3.0%

San Jose State University

3.0%
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Majors

Computer Science

18.3%

Electrical Engineering

14.1%

Business

11.1%

Information Technology

8.7%

Computer Engineering

7.2%

Computer Information Systems

5.9%

Management Information Systems

5.2%

Mechanical Engineering

3.7%

Computer Networking

3.5%

Systems Engineering

3.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.5%

Management

2.4%

Industrial Engineering

2.2%

Information Systems

2.0%

Computer Systems Security

2.0%

Finance

1.7%

Engineering

1.7%

Mathematics

1.7%

Industrial Technology

1.5%

Education

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.8%

Masters

39.2%

Other

10.5%

Associate

5.2%

Doctorate

1.9%

Certificate

1.4%

Diploma

1.0%
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Real Associate Systems Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Systems Associate, Itgds Celgene Corporation Berkeley Heights, NJ Dec 09, 2016 $133,661
Systems Associate, Itgds Celgene Corporation Berkeley Heights, NJ Jan 01, 2015 $126,000
Associate Systems Engineer II EMC Corporation El Segundo, CA Sep 23, 2015 $117,000
Associate Systems Engineer Union Pacific Railroad Omaha, NE Jul 06, 2015 $110,004
Associate Systems Engineer Union Pacific Railroad Omaha, NE Jan 11, 2015 $110,004
Associate System Engineer Union Pacific Railroad Omaha, NE Jan 09, 2016 $107,604
Associate System Engineer Union Pacific Railroad Omaha, NE Aug 31, 2016 $107,604
Associate System Engineer Union Pacific Railroad Omaha, NE Jan 09, 2016 $107,076
Associate Systems Engineer Union Pacific Railroad Omaha, NE Jun 05, 2015 $105,000
Associate System Engineer Union Pacific Railroad Omaha, NE Jan 09, 2016 $104,388
Associate Systems Engineer T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. Owings Mills, MD Apr 29, 2016 $101,525 -
$155,600
Associate System Engineer Union Pacific Railroad Omaha, NE Jan 09, 2016 $101,376
Associate Systems Engineer Union Pacific Railroad Omaha, NE Sep 23, 2016 $101,376
Associate Systems Engineer Union Pacific Railroad Omaha, NE Nov 25, 2016 $101,274
Associate Systems Engineer Union Pacific Railroad Omaha, NE Jan 09, 2016 $93,012
Associate Systems Engineer Union Pacific Railroad Omaha, NE Feb 04, 2015 $93,000
Associate Systems Engineer Union Pacific Railroad Omaha, NE Aug 22, 2016 $93,000
Associate Systems Engineer Union Pacific Railroad Omaha, NE Oct 05, 2015 $93,000
Associate Systems Engineer Union Pacific Railroad Omaha, NE Apr 01, 2015 $93,000
Associate Systems Engineer Union Pacific Railroad Omaha, NE Feb 03, 2015 $93,000
Associate Systems Engineer Union Pacific Railroad Omaha, NE Mar 03, 2015 $93,000
Associate Engineer, Interior Systems Tesla Motors, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Aug 17, 2016 $76,274
Associate Systems Engineer Amadeus North America, Inc. Miami, FL Mar 10, 2015 $75,213
Associate Systems Engineer Arista Networks, Inc. Reston, VA Sep 01, 2015 $75,000
Associate Systems Engineer Nexteer Automotive Saginaw, MI Sep 06, 2016 $75,000
Associate Systems Engineer Nexteer Automotive Saginaw, MI Jun 09, 2016 $75,000
Associate Systems Engineer Autozone, Inc. Memphis, TN Jul 09, 2016 $74,549
Associate Power System Engineer RLC Engineering, LLC Hallowell, ME Sep 24, 2016 $74,235 -
$75,100
Associate System Engineer IBM India Private Limited Newark, NJ Jan 07, 2016 $73,923

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