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Working As A Knowledge 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 A Knowledge 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 Knowledge 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 Yearly Salary
$88,000
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$62,000
Min 10%
$88,000
Median 50%
$88,000
Median 50%
$88,000
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$88,000
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$88,000
Median 50%
$88,000
Median 50%
$88,000
Median 50%
$124,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Amazon
Highest Paying City
Menlo Park, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.4 years
How much does a Knowledge Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Knowledge Engineer in the United States is $88,779 per year or $43 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $62,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $125,000.

Real Knowledge Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Knowledge Engineer Symantec Corporation Culver City, CA Nov 01, 2016 $141,277 -
$152,000
Knowledge Engineer, IS TMS Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, Inc. Cambridge, MA Jan 26, 2016 $112,398
Knowledge Engineer Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, Inc. Cambridge, MA Aug 25, 2014 $110,000
Knowledge Engineer Equilar, Inc. Redwood City, CA Jun 21, 2013 $105,000
Senior Medical Knowledge Engineer Intermountain Healthcare Salt Lake City, UT Nov 01, 2013 $92,040
Senior Knowledge Engineer NCI Group, Inc. Oklahoma City, OK Nov 29, 2013 $92,000
Natural Language Processing Knowledge Engineer Netbase Solutions, Inc. Mountain View, CA Oct 01, 2011 $90,000
Research Knowledge Engineer Weill Cornell Medical College New York, NY Sep 26, 2016 $89,026 -
$164,699
Senior Medical Knowledge Engineer IHC Health Services Inc. Murray, UT Nov 11, 2015 $85,000 -
$95,000
Senior Medical Knowledge Engineer IHC Health Services Inc. Murray, UT Jul 16, 2015 $85,000 -
$95,000
Principal Knowledge Engineer Symantec Corporation Springfield, OR Oct 01, 2016 $83,242
Principal Knowledge Engineer Symantec Corporation Springfield, OR Jan 10, 2016 $83,242
Knowledge Engineer C2 Technologies, Inc. Vienna, VA Oct 01, 2012 $83,164
Knowledge Engineer Dataquick Information Systems, Inc. Alpharetta, GA Jan 21, 2011 $82,940
Knowledge Engineer Dataquick Information Systems, Inc. Alpharetta, GA Oct 07, 2010 $77,834
Knowledge Engineer Dataquick Information Systems, Inc. Alpharetta, GA Oct 05, 2010 $77,834
Legal Knowledge Engineer Neota Logic Inc. New York, NY Jul 27, 2016 $75,000 -
$115,000
Legal Knowledge Engineer Neota Logic Inc. New York, NY Aug 24, 2015 $75,000 -
$115,000
Knowledge Engineer Content Savvy, Inc. NY Aug 23, 2013 $60,000
Knowledge Engineer (Editor/Writer)--International Business Mindspark Interactive Network, Inc. Oakland, CA Oct 09, 2016 $58,500
Knowledge Engineer Reasoning Mind, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 01, 2013 $55,000
Senior Knowledge Engineer Reasoning Mind, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 01, 2013 $55,000
SR. Knowledge Engineer Symantec Corporation Springfield, OR Nov 30, 2011 $53,400 -
$80,000
Knowledge Engineer Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken, NJ Aug 31, 2010 $50,995
Senior Knowledge Engineer Reasoning Mind, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 18, 2014 $50,500 -
$60,000
Senior Knowledge Engineer Reasoning Mind, Inc. Dublin, CA Apr 01, 2016 $50,500 -
$60,000

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Top Skills for A Knowledge Engineer

  1. Product Data
  2. Knowledge Base
  3. Knowledge Management
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Encoded problem/solution data for incorporation into knowledge base for PC and laptop call-avoidance software.
  • Coordinated and trained client knowledge management team, stimulating knowledge for migration of legacy documentation, application features, and functionality.
  • Developed expert systems for County Governments to determine welfare eligibility.
  • Recognized as company-wide SQL database expert.
  • Facilitated collection of cross-functional data from process owners and subject matter experts.

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  2. District of Columbia
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  4. Massachusetts
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Knowledge Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

62.5%

Female

27.7%

Unknown

9.8%
Ethnicity

White

60.3%

Asian

13.4%

Hispanic or Latino

12.4%

Black or African American

10.5%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

18.2%

Portuguese

13.6%

Russian

13.6%

Italian

13.6%

French

9.1%

Mandarin

4.5%

Turkish

4.5%

German

4.5%

Romanian

4.5%

Japanese

4.5%

Catalan

4.5%

Croatian

4.5%
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Knowledge Engineer Education

Schools

George Washington University

9.8%

University of Phoenix

8.2%

Drexel University

6.6%

University of Pittsburgh -

6.6%

University of Utah

6.6%

Unity College

4.9%

University of Washington

4.9%

Strayer University

4.9%

Stanford University

4.9%

Indiana University Bloomington

4.9%

Northeastern University

4.9%

Middle Tennessee State University

4.9%

George Mason University

4.9%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.3%

University of Maryland - University College

3.3%

Grays Harbor College

3.3%

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

3.3%

James Madison University

3.3%

San Jose State University

3.3%

University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

3.3%
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Majors

Computer Science

25.2%

Business

10.1%

Information Systems

5.7%

Computer Engineering

5.7%

Electrical Engineering

4.4%

Education

4.4%

Computer Information Systems

3.8%

Management Information Systems

3.8%

Finance

3.8%

Physics

3.8%

Information Technology

3.8%

Linguistics

3.1%

Graphic Design

3.1%

Project Management

3.1%

Communication

3.1%

Industrial Engineering

3.1%

Management

2.5%

Library Science

2.5%

Mathematics

2.5%

Mechanical Engineering

2.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

33.9%

Masters

31.5%

Other

13.6%

Doctorate

9.7%

Associate

6.2%

Certificate

4.7%

Diploma

0.4%
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