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Software Developers, Systems Software

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.

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Skills Needed

72%

Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

69%

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.

66%

Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

6%

Installation - Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.

6%

Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

6%

Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

56%

Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

56%

Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

53%

Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.

53%

Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

53%

Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

50%

Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

50%

Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

50%

Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.

50%

Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

47%

Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.

47%

Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

44%

Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

44%

Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

44%

Operations Analysis - Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.

38%

Negotiation - Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

38%

Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.

38%

Systems Evaluation - Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

35%

Programming - Writing computer programs for various purposes.

35%

Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

3%

Equipment Selection - Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

28%

Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

25%

Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

22%

Management of Material Resources - Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.

19%

Management of Financial Resources - Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.

16%

Technology Design - Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.

16%

Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

13%

Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

0%

Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

0%

Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

Wages

This following graph displays the lower, median and upper income potential of the job.

 
  • Lower Income Salary $48k
  • Median Income Salary$91k
  • Upper Income Salary $136k

Employment Projections for this Job

 

Education Pathway

High school courses

  • Below A rigorous high school STEM education - versus the minimum required for graduation - prepares students to come up with creative solutions to tough problems, better preparing them for college and new careers.

  • Recommended years of math:
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  • Recommended years of science:
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Degree Levels Offered

    • CIT INFORMATION MANAGEMENT-CT
    • CIT-SOFTWARE-PROGRAMMING-AAS
    • Computer Engineering BSEG
    • Computer Sci and Engr BSCSE
    • Computer Sci and Engrg PhD
    • Computer Science BS
    • Computer Science MSCS
    • Computer Science-AS
    • Operating Engineers
    • CIT-SOFTWARE-AAS
    • Comp Sci & Engrg (2nd Major)
    • Computer Programming-AAS
    • Computer Sci and Engr MS
    • Computer Science BA
    • Computer Science BSCS
    • Computer Science PHD
    • Computer Technologies-CT

Education by degree The following are the total graduates from all the Nevada System of Higher Education institutions in 2014-2015 school year.

  • 56

    Associate's Degree

  • 242

    Bachelor's Degree

  • 4

    Certificate Of At Least One But Less Than Two Years

  • 2

    Certificate Of Less Than One Year

  • 8

    Doctoral Degree (academic)

  • 30

    Master's Degree