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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

  • $83,762

    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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Average Length of Employment
Computer Scientist 4.7 years
Software Engineer 3.2 years
Software Leader 3.2 years
Software Architect 3.2 years
Engineer 3.2 years
Software Designer 3.0 years
Software Developer 2.7 years
Software Analyst 2.6 years
Programmer 2.6 years
Developer 2.2 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 5.1%
Internship 4.0%
Engineer 4.0%
Technician 3.5%
Top Employers After
Consultant 3.6%
Developer 3.0%

Software Applications Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

75.9%

Female

19.3%

Unknown

4.7%
Ethnicity

White

68.2%

Asian

19.1%

Hispanic or Latino

8.4%

Unknown

3.6%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

23.1%

Japanese

23.1%

Chinese

15.4%

Mandarin

15.4%

Russian

7.7%

Carrier

7.7%

Cantonese

7.7%
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Software Applications Engineer Education

Schools

San Jose State University

8.3%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

6.7%

University of Phoenix

6.7%

University of Southern California

6.7%

University of Texas at Arlington

5.0%

University of Maryland - University College

5.0%

Regis University

5.0%

Polytechnic Institute of New York University

5.0%

Tulane University

5.0%

Strayer University

5.0%

University of Texas at Dallas

5.0%

Colorado Technical University

5.0%

Oklahoma State University

5.0%

Old Dominion University

5.0%

Northeastern University

5.0%

Nova Southeastern University

3.3%

Jacksonville State University

3.3%

State University of New York Buffalo

3.3%

Keene Beauty Academy

3.3%

Illinois Institute of Technology

3.3%
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Majors

Computer Science

27.8%

Electrical Engineering

15.9%

Business

11.8%

Computer Information Systems

7.8%

Computer Engineering

7.3%

Information Technology

4.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.3%

Mechanical Engineering

2.9%

Information Systems

2.4%

Mathematics

2.0%

Computer Networking

2.0%

Engineering

2.0%

Physics

1.6%

Management Information Systems

1.2%

Finance

1.2%

Computer Technical Support

1.2%

Computer Applications

1.2%

Communication

1.2%

Computer Engineering Technology

1.2%

Systems Engineering

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

46.1%

Masters

31.9%

Other

10.3%

Associate

7.4%

Certificate

3.5%

License

0.4%

Doctorate

0.4%
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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 May 10, 2015 $182,000 -
$187,200
Software Engineer, Applications Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Aug 12, 2015 $182,000 -
$229,300
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 Engineers-Applications (Software Engineer In Test) Salesforce.Com San Mateo, CA Jun 13, 2016 $128,000
Software Engineer Applications Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 19, 2016 $128,000 -
$151,300
Software Engineer-Applications (MTS) Salesforce.Com, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Aug 07, 2015 $128,000
Software Engineer Applications Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA May 26, 2016 $128,000 -
$151,300
Software Engineer Applications Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jun 16, 2016 $128,000 -
$151,300
Software Engineer-Applications (MTS) Salesforce.Com Palo Alto, CA Jun 14, 2016 $128,000
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
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
Applications Software Engineer Pampa Technologies LLC San Mateo, CA Apr 22, 2016 $110,000
Applications Software Engineer Pampa Technologies LLC San Mateo, CA Mar 25, 2016 $110,000
Software Engineer-Applications and Services Engr GRP or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA May 25, 2016 $110,000 -
$130,000
Software Engineer-Applications (Software Engineer, Quality) Salesforce.Com Seattle, WA Mar 22, 2016 $110,000
Software Engineer-Applications Valore Partners, LLC Tempe, AZ Mar 27, 2016 $110,000

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Top Skills for A Software Applications Engineer

Pl/SqlRelationalDatabasesWebApplicationWindowsSoftwareApplicationXMLC #SoftwareDevelopmentLifecycleSQLServerJavascriptGraphicalUserInterfaceHtmlArchitectureLinuxC/C++UnixTechnicalSupportASPPCNewTechnologies

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Top Software Applications Engineer Skills

  1. Pl/Sql
  2. Relational Databases
  3. Web Application
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed an interface program in PL/SQL to pass data between the company's claim system and the company's policy system.
  • Created specialized web applications involving relational databases and file uploading technologies to track, monitor, and manage proprietary content.
  • Set up and configured web application server to enable HP Asset Manager Web Client.
  • Modified Windows environment to allow application functionality.
  • Developed software applications for unique data acquisition projects.

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