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Computer Software Engineers, Applications

Develop, create, and modify general computer applications software or specialized utility programs. Analyze user needs and develop software solutions. Design software or customize software for client use with the aim of optimizing operational efficiency. May analyze and design databases within an application area, working individually or coordinating database development as part of a team.   (O'Net 15-1031.00)

 
Reported job titles:   .NET Developer, Application Architect, Application Integration Engineer, Application Integrator, Applications Analyst, Applications Developer   (view all job titles)
 
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    Wages
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2013
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 23.43   $ 30.91   $ 36.87   $ 45.85   $ 63.99   $ 39.53  
    Yearly $ 48,740   $ 64,290   $ 76,690   $ 95,360   $133,090   $ 82,210  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 26.89   $ 31.89   $ 37.70   $ 45.21   $ 57.27   $ 39.57  
    Yearly $ 55,930   $ 66,340   $ 78,420   $ 94,030   $119,120   $ 82,310  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 29.54   $ 32.98   $ 39.65   $ 62.59   $ 70.18   $ 44.75  
    Yearly $ 61,440   $ 68,600   $ 82,480   $130,200   $145,970   $ 93,070  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 16.85   $ 23.23   $ 30.53   $ 42.32   $ 61.73   $ 33.91  
    Yearly $ 35,050   $ 48,320   $ 63,500   $ 88,030   $128,410   $ 70,540  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2014.
     


    Employment Trends
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2010 2020
    Vermont 911 1,105 1.9% 29
    Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA 551 640 1.5% 15
    Southern Vermont Balance of State 120 142 1.7% 3
    Northern Vermont Balance of State 234 303 2.6% 9
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released August 2012, area estimates released April 2013.
     


    Industries of Employment
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    Industry Vermont
    2010
    Employment
    Percent
    of Total
    Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 481 53%
    Publishing Industries 56 7%
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released August 2012.
     


    Tasks
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  • Modify existing software to correct errors, allow it to adapt to new hardware, or to improve its performance.
     
  • Develop and direct software system testing and validation procedures, programming, and documentation.
     
  • Confer with systems analysts, engineers, programmers and others to design system and to obtain information on project limitations and capabilities, performance requirements and interfaces.
     
  • Analyze user needs and software requirements to determine feasibility of design within time and cost constraints.
     
  • Design, develop and modify software systems, using scientific analysis and mathematical models to predict and measure outcome and consequences of design.
     
  • Store, retrieve, and manipulate data for analysis of system capabilities and requirements.
     
  • Consult with customers about software system design and maintenance.
     
  • Supervise the work of programmers, technologists and technicians and other engineering and scientific personnel.
     
  • Coordinate software system installation and monitor equipment functioning to ensure specifications are met.
     
  • Obtain and evaluate information on factors such as reporting formats required, costs, and security needs to determine hardware configuration.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Computer Software Engineers, Applications  updated June 2009
     


    Knowledge
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  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
     
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Computer Software Engineers, Applications  updated June 2009
     


    Skills
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  • Programming - Writing computer programs for various purposes.
     
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
     
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
     
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
     
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
     
  • Technology Design - Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
     
  • Operations Analysis - Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
     
  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Computer Software Engineers, Applications  updated December 2004
     


    Abilities
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  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
     
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
     
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
     
  • Fluency of Ideas - The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
     
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
     
  • Mathematical Reasoning - The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • Number Facility - The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Computer Software Engineers, Applications  updated June 2009
     


    Work Activities
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  • Interacting With Computers - Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
     
  • Thinking Creatively - Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
  • Analyzing Data or Information - Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Processing Information - Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
     
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge - Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
     
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work - Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Computer Software Engineers, Applications  updated June 2009
     


    Interests
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  • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
     
  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outsi
     
  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Computer Software Engineers, Applications  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
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  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
     
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
     
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
     
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
     
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Computer Software Engineers, Applications  updated June 2009
     


    State of Vermont License Information
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    No state licenses listed for this occupation.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed
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  • Education: Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
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  • Experience: A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Computer Software Engineers, Applications  updated June 2009
     


    Schools
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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
     
    • Bioinformatics
     
    • Computer Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other
     
    • Computer Engineering, General
     
    • Computer Science
     
    • Computer Software Engineering
     
    • Information Technology
     
    • Medical Illustration and Informatics, Other
     
    • Medical Informatics
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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    source: Occupational Information Network: Computer Software Engineers, Applications 
     

     
     
     
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