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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. May supervise computer programmers.

    Work Activities
    • Modify existing software to correct errors, allow it to adapt to new hardware, or to improve its performance.
    • Analyze user needs and software requirements to determine feasibility of design within time and cost constraints.
    • Confer with systems analysts, engineers, programmers and others to design system and to obtain information on project limitations and capabilities, performance requirements and interfaces.
    • Store, retrieve, and manipulate data for analysis of system capabilities and requirements.
    • Design, develop and modify software systems, using scientific analysis and mathematical models to predict and measure outcome and consequences of design.
    • Develop and direct software system testing and validation procedures, programming, and documentation.
    • Consult with customers about software system design and maintenance.
    • Supervise the work of programmers, technologists and technicians and other engineering and scientific personnel.
    • Determine system performance standards.
    • Analyze information to determine, recommend, and plan computer specifications and layouts, and peripheral equipment modifications.
    • 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.
    • Train users to use new or modified equipment.
    • Specify power supply requirements and configuration.
    • Recommend purchase of equipment to control dust, temperature, and humidity in area of system installation.
    Skills
    • Programming

      Writing computer programs for various purposes.

    • Systems Analysis

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

    • 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.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    7
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    5
    Abilities
    • 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).

    • 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.

    Knowledge
    • 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.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $92,110/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $44.28/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 35,100
    • Yearly Projected Openings 3,000
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Investigative: People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Attention to Detail
    • Innovation
    • Integrity
    • Achievement/Effort
    • Dependability
    Tools
    • Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
    • Notebook computers
    • Integrated circuit testers
    • Flash memory storage card
    • Computer servers
    Technology
    • Web platform development software
    • Program testing software
    • Object or component oriented development software
    • Development environment software
    • Data base management system software
    Tags
    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.