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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

  • $80,414

    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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Knowledge Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

66.3%

Female

28.3%

Unknown

5.3%
Ethnicity

White

58.1%

Asian

14.5%

Hispanic or Latino

13.4%

Black or African American

10.5%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

19.0%

Portuguese

14.3%

Russian

14.3%

French

9.5%

Italian

9.5%

Mandarin

4.8%

Turkish

4.8%

German

4.8%

Romanian

4.8%

Japanese

4.8%

Catalan

4.8%

Croatian

4.8%
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Knowledge Engineer Education

Schools

George Washington University

10.6%

Drexel University

6.4%

Strayer University

6.4%

University of Phoenix

6.4%

George Mason University

6.4%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.3%

Unity College

4.3%

Grays Harbor College

4.3%

University of Colorado at Boulder

4.3%

Indiana University Bloomington

4.3%

Stanford University

4.3%

University of North Texas

4.3%

Santa Ana College

4.3%

Southern Polytechnic State University

4.3%

University of Alabama at Huntsville

4.3%

University of Southern California

4.3%

Northeastern University

4.3%

University of California - Irvine

4.3%

University of Texas at Austin

4.3%

Dartmouth College

4.3%
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Majors

Computer Science

24.8%

Business

11.9%

Information Systems

6.4%

Computer Engineering

5.5%

Finance

4.6%

Project Management

4.6%

Electrical Engineering

4.6%

Linguistics

3.7%

Management

3.7%

Computer Information Systems

3.7%

Graphic Design

3.7%

Education

3.7%

Management Information Systems

2.8%

Mathematics

2.8%

Economics

2.8%

English

2.8%

Industrial Engineering

2.8%

Systems Engineering

1.8%

Writing

1.8%

Political Science

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

34.5%

Masters

29.7%

Other

13.9%

Doctorate

8.5%

Certificate

6.7%

Associate

6.7%
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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 Jul 16, 2015 $85,000 -
$95,000
Senior Medical Knowledge Engineer IHC Health Services Inc. Murray, UT Nov 11, 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 05, 2010 $77,834
Knowledge Engineer Dataquick Information Systems, Inc. Alpharetta, GA Oct 07, 2010 $77,834
Legal Knowledge Engineer Neota Logic Inc. New York, NY Aug 24, 2015 $75,000 -
$115,000
Legal Knowledge Engineer Neota Logic Inc. New York, NY Jul 27, 2016 $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 07, 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

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  1. Access Databases
  2. Knowledge Base
  3. Web
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  • Analyzed business data from various sources, including SQL and Access databases.
  • Developed knowledge bases for information security, real estate, military, and terrorism domains.
  • Prepared marketing collateral, presentation and web copy for business development initiatives and online advertising products' launch.
  • Developed subject matter expertise in Knowledge Management processes and the Contract Management system.
  • Developed expert systems for County Governments to determine welfare eligibility.

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