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Working As A Graphic Engineer

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

  • $93,010

    Average Salary

What Does A Graphic 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 A Graphic 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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Graphic Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

80.0%

Female

18.3%

Unknown

1.7%
Ethnicity

White

76.2%

Asian

12.2%

Hispanic or Latino

8.0%

Unknown

2.9%

Black or African American

0.8%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

57.1%

Arabic

14.3%

Cheyenne

14.3%

French

14.3%
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Graphic Engineer Education

Schools

Oklahoma State University

10.7%

Spoon River College

7.1%

Southern Technical College

7.1%

University of Central Missouri

7.1%

Michigan State University

7.1%

University of Wisconsin - Stout

7.1%

University of Georgia

7.1%

Texas State Technical College - Harlingen

3.6%

Indiana Institute of Technology

3.6%

Michigan Technological University

3.6%

Purdue University

3.6%

Stanford University

3.6%

Palomar College

3.6%

Prairie View A & M University

3.6%

Full Sail University

3.6%

Art Institute of Phoenix

3.6%

Alabama State University

3.6%

Texarkana College

3.6%

School of Visual Arts

3.6%

Houghton College

3.6%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

11.8%

Drafting And Design

10.5%

Computer Science

10.5%

Electrical Engineering

10.5%

Graphic Design

9.2%

Business

6.6%

Mathematics

3.9%

Fine Arts

3.9%

Computer Applications

3.9%

Industrial Engineering

3.9%

Civil Engineering

3.9%

Audiovisual Communications Technologies

2.6%

Manufacturing Engineering

2.6%

Graphic Communications

2.6%

Physics

2.6%

Communication

2.6%

Computer Engineering

2.6%

Animation

2.6%

Entertainment Business

1.3%

Engineering Technology

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

49.5%

Masters

14.7%

Other

13.7%

Associate

12.6%

Certificate

5.3%

Doctorate

3.2%

License

1.1%
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Real Graphic Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Graphics Top Level Modeling Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Dec 31, 2014 $154,544 -
$171,000
Senior Graphics Engineer Condition One Inc. Brisbane, CA Jun 02, 2014 $145,000
Graphics Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jan 17, 2011 $140,000
Graphics Engineer Byte Inc. New York, NY Aug 24, 2015 $140,000
Graphics Modeling Engineer Apple Inc. Orlando, FL Nov 30, 2015 $140,000 -
$160,000
Graphics Engineer Storm8, Inc. Redwood City, CA Dec 19, 2014 $135,000
Graphics Engineer Storm8, Inc. Redwood City, CA Jul 28, 2014 $126,000
Graphics Engineer Imagination Technologies LLP San Francisco, CA May 20, 2016 $123,800
Customer Engineering Graphics Engineer (Software)/Linux Qualcomm Innovation Center, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Oct 30, 2015 $122,221 -
$130,200
Lead Graphics Engineer Hover Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 08, 2016 $121,000
Computer Graphics Pipeline & Scanner Engineer Measur3D Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 29, 2016 $120,000
Senior Graphics Engineer Zipper Interactive, Inc. Redmond, WA Nov 28, 2011 $120,000
Graphics Prototype Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 28, 2015 $115,000 -
$135,000
Graphics Engineer Robert Bosch LLC Palo Alto, CA Oct 01, 2011 $110,000
Graphics Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Feb 20, 2010 $108,150
Graphics Engineer Zindagi Games, Inc. Camarillo, CA Jul 01, 2012 $107,500
Graphics Engineer Microsoft Corporation Kirkland, WA Aug 07, 2014 $107,000
Graphics Engineer Lucasarts, A Div of Lucasfilm Entertainment Co. LT San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2012 $105,352
Senior Graphics Engineer Spark Unlimited, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jan 03, 2012 $105,000 -
$135,000
Senior Graphics Engineer Trion World Network, Inc. Redwood City, CA Jun 01, 2010 $102,149 -
$110,000
Graphics Engineer Retro Studios, Inc. Austin, TX May 26, 2016 $95,098 -
$115,000
Graphics Emulation Execution Engineer Apple Inc. Austin, TX Sep 03, 2015 $86,507 -
$105,000
Graphics Engineer GLU Mobile Inc. Long Beach, CA Mar 28, 2016 $85,000
C++ Graphical User Interface Engineer The Mathworks, Inc. Natick, MA May 06, 2013 $85,000
Graphics RTL Engineer Apple Inc. Austin, TX Sep 12, 2015 $82,534 -
$100,000
Graphics Formulation Engineer Eastman Kodak Company Rochester, NY Feb 09, 2010 $81,000 -
$91,000
Graphics Modeling Engineer Apple Inc. Orlando, FL Aug 18, 2015 $80,000 -
$100,000
Graphics Engineer Confetti Interactive, Inc. Carlsbad, CA Jan 09, 2016 $78,000

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Top Skills for A Graphic Engineer

CADPhotoshopSolidworksC++MicrosoftPowerpointTroubleshootOpenglGUIAPIEngineeringDesignC #HallmarkHvacGraphicsEngineerArchitecturalIllustrationsArchitecturalFloorPlansLiveSnapfishJANMayaCaterpillar

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Top Graphic Engineer Skills

  1. CAD
  2. Photoshop
  3. Solidworks
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assisted in the installation of CAD/CAM equipment at remote site.
  • Utilized, C, C++, OpenGL, Maya, Multigen Creator, Photoshop, Illustrator, Winsock, OpenGVS
  • Assisted students in class during workshop style Solidworks training Held office hours for students to get help with assignments
  • Shipped multiple programs in the mid-range and high-end of 3D OpenGL professional graphics for workstations.
  • Designed the Graphical User Interface (GUI) for several proprietary software applications.

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