Software Developers – Systems

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.

Fast Facts

Hourly Pay
Entry Level: $35.38/hr
Median: $43.87/hr
Experienced: $54.38/hr

Current Employment
436 (2016)

Projected Employment
564 (2025)

Growth for Software Developers, Systems Software

2015 Jobs2025 JobsChange (2015-2025)% Change (2015-2025)

Industries Employing Software Developers, Systems Software

IndustryOccupation Jobs in Industry (2016)% of Occupation in Industry (2016)% of Total Jobs in Industry (2016)
Computer Systems Design Services9020.6%2.3%
Custom Computer Programming Services5612.8%2.4%
Software Publishers439.9%2.7%
Computer Terminal and Other Computer Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing388.7%4.8%
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology) 173.9%0.8%

Occupational Tasks

  • Modify existing software to correct errors, to adapt it to new hardware, or to upgrade interfaces and improve performance.
  • Develop or direct software system testing or validation procedures.
  • Direct software programming and development of documentation.
  • Consult with customers or other departments on project status, proposals, or technical issues, such as software system design or maintenance.
  • Analyze information to determine, recommend, and plan installation of a new system or modification of an existing system.