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.

Fast Facts

Hourly Pay
Entry Level: $36.01/hr
Median: $45.92/hr
Experienced: $57.48/hr

Current Employment
626 (2017)

Projected Employment
741 (2028)

Growth for Software Developers, Systems Software

2017 Jobs2028 JobsChange (2018-2028)% Change (2018-2028)

Industries Employing Software Developers, Systems Software

IndustryOccupation Jobs in Industry (2017)% of Occupation in Industry (2017)% of Total Jobs in Industry (2017)
Computer Systems Design Services12920.5%3.2%
Custom Computer Programming Services7111.3%3.3%
Software Publishers548.7%3.4%
Computer Terminal and Other Computer Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing436.8%6.3%
Engineering Services304.7%0.9%

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.