Software Developers, Systems Software

What do they do?

Research, design, develop, and test operating systems-level software, compilers, and network distribution software for medical, industrial, military, communications, aerospace, business, scientific, and general computing applications. Set operational specifications and formulate and analyze software requirements. May design embedded systems software. Apply principles and techniques of computer science, engineering, and mathematical analysis.

Also known as:

Developer, Infrastructure Engineer, Network Engineer, Publishing Systems Analyst, Senior Software Engineer, Software Architect, Software Developer, Software Development Engineer, Software Engineer, Systems Analyst, Systems Coordinator, Systems Engineer

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Software Developers, Systems Software in United States

Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Software Developers, Systems Software is projected to grow 14 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than average compared to all occupations.

Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 14.5%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #26 in job growth rate
  • 2,100

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #3 in net job growth

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (4%)
  • Master's degree (30.3%)
  • Bachelor's degree (50.9%)
  • Associate's degree (4.6%)
  • Some college, no degree (7.9%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (2%)
  • Less than high school diploma (0.3%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • 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.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Telecommunications - Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • 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.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Modify software programs to improve performance.
  • Monitor computer system performance to ensure proper operation.
  • Develop testing routines or procedures.
  • Manage information technology projects or system activities.
  • Provide technical support for software maintenance or use.
  • Analyze project data to determine specifications or requirements.

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Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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