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Working As A Software Applications Engineer

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

  • $95,267

    Average Salary

What Does A Software Applications 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 Software Applications 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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Software Applications Engineer Career Paths

Software Applications Engineer
Quality Assurance Engineer Business Analyst Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Engineer Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Information Technology Director Chief Technology Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Principal Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Senior Software Engineer Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Delivery Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Project Leader Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Product Manager Product Management Director
Senior Director, Product Management
14 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Systems Analyst Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Consultant Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Business Analyst Product Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Applications Engineer Project Leader Manager Applications Development
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Applications Engineer Engineering Manager 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
Top Employers Before
Consultant 5.0%
Engineer 4.7%
Internship 4.3%
Programmer 3.7%
Technician 2.3%
Top Employers After
Consultant 3.3%
Developer 2.5%

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Software Applications Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

74.7%

Female

20.8%

Unknown

4.5%
Ethnicity

White

49.0%

Asian

22.2%

Hispanic or Latino

13.1%

Black or African American

9.4%

Unknown

6.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

27.8%

Japanese

16.7%

Chinese

11.1%

Mandarin

11.1%

Portuguese

5.6%

Vietnamese

5.6%

Cantonese

5.6%

French

5.6%

Russian

5.6%

Carrier

5.6%
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Software Applications Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.5%

San Jose State University

7.4%

University of Maryland - University College

5.3%

Strayer University

5.3%

University of California - Berkeley

5.3%

University of Texas at Dallas

5.3%

Colorado Technical University

5.3%

Northeastern University

5.3%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.2%

University of Florida

4.2%

Regis University

4.2%

Polytechnic Institute of New York University

4.2%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

4.2%

Boston University

4.2%

Santa Clara University

4.2%

State University of New York Buffalo

4.2%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

4.2%

Oklahoma State University

4.2%

Illinois Institute of Technology

4.2%

More Tech Institute

4.2%
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Majors

Computer Science

31.0%

Electrical Engineering

13.1%

Business

11.1%

Computer Engineering

7.7%

Computer Information Systems

6.8%

Information Technology

4.4%

Management Information Systems

2.9%

Mathematics

2.9%

Mechanical Engineering

2.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.4%

Information Systems

2.4%

Engineering

2.2%

Finance

1.9%

Management

1.5%

Physics

1.5%

Project Management

1.2%

Computer Applications

1.2%

Computer Networking

1.2%

Information Sciences

1.0%

Marketing

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.7%

Masters

34.8%

Other

9.9%

Associate

4.5%

Certificate

2.9%

Doctorate

1.6%

Diploma

0.6%
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Real Software Applications Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Software Engineer Applications Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Mar 11, 2016 $222,567 -
$233,900
Software Engineer Applications Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Mar 30, 2016 $214,864 -
$229,300
Software Engineer Applications Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Oct 14, 2015 $212,998 -
$229,300
Software Engineer, Applications Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Apr 18, 2016 $208,000 -
$229,300
Software Engineer Applications Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 18, 2015 $196,350 -
$229,300
Software Engineer Applications Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Oct 31, 2016 $192,400 -
$197,400
Software Engineer Applications Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Feb 08, 2016 $190,000 -
$233,900
Software Engineer Applications Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jul 12, 2015 $183,000 -
$187,200
Software Engineer, Applications Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Aug 12, 2015 $182,000 -
$229,300
Software Engineer, Applications Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA May 10, 2015 $182,000 -
$187,200
Software Engineer Applications Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Apr 20, 2016 $181,767 -
$187,200
Software Engineer Applications Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Aug 07, 2016 $180,000 -
$191,000
Software Engineer Applications Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Dec 29, 2016 $180,000 -
$185,000
Software Engineer Applications Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jan 21, 2016 $180,000 -
$229,300
Software Engineer Applications Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jan 27, 2016 $127,500 -
$187,200
Software Engineers-Applications (Software Engineer, Quality) Salesforce.Com San Francisco, CA May 27, 2016 $127,500
Staff Software Applications Development Engineer/Secure Systems Qualcomm Technologies Inc. San Diego, CA Aug 31, 2016 $127,442 -
$156,700
Software Engineer Applications Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Aug 07, 2016 $127,200 -
$191,000
Software Engineer Applications (Statistician) Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 20, 2016 $127,200 -
$191,000
Software Engineer Applications Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 22, 2016 $127,050 -
$151,300
Software Engineer Applications Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Aug 11, 2016 $127,000 -
$151,300
Software Application Engineer Workday, Inc. Pleasanton, CA Mar 09, 2015 $126,630 -
$132,000
Software Engineer Applications Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Feb 16, 2016 $110,250 -
$148,400
Software Engineer-Applications and Services or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jan 25, 2016 $110,160 -
$130,160
Software Applications Engineer Great Software Laboratory, Inc. Bridgewater, NJ Oct 14, 2015 $110,000
Software Engineer-Applications Valore Partners, LLC Tempe, AZ Mar 27, 2016 $110,000
Software Engineer-Applications (Software Engineer, Quality) Salesforce.Com Seattle, WA Mar 22, 2016 $110,000
Software Application Engineer Workday, Inc. Pleasanton, CA Feb 15, 2016 $110,000
Software Engineer-Enable Application Innovation or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Feb 29, 2016 $110,000 -
$130,000
Software Engineer-Applications and Services Engr GRP or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jan 21, 2016 $110,000 -
$130,000

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  1. Pl/Sql
  2. Web
  3. Data Warehouse
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  • Developed statistical analysis data processing engine in C/C++ and reduced processing time from minutes to seconds.
  • Developed RFID analysis platform for RFID data visualization and analysis.

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