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Software Developers, Applications
(SOC Code : 15-1132)
in Santa Cruz County

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. Exclude "Computer Hardware Engineers" (17-2061).

Employers are usually looking for candidates with a Bachelor's degree .

Santa Cruz County is the same as Santa Cruz-Watsonville MSA.
Occupational Wages[Top]
AreaYearPeriodHourly MeanHourly by Percentile
25thMedian75th
Santa Cruz-Watsonville MSA20161st Qtr$51.86$38.31$51.77$64.45

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Occupational Projections of Employment (also called "Outlook" or "Demand")[Top]
 AreaEstimated Year-Projected YearEmploymentEmployment ChangeAnnual Avg Openings
EstimatedProjectedNumberPercent
Santa Cruz County 2014 - 20244004505012.511

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Industries Employing This Occupation (click on Industry Title to View Employers List)[Top]
Industry Title
Number of Employers in Santa Cruz County
Percent of Total
Employment for Occupation in State of California
Computer Systems Design and Rel Services11629.5%
Software Publishers 489.3%
Computers and Peripheral Equipment 55.8%
Colleges and Universities 245.8%
Data Processing and Related Services 282.9%
Commercial Goods Merchant Wholesalers 342.9%
Management of Companies and Enterprises 62.6%
Electronic Instrument Manufacturing 62.3%
Architectural and Engineering Services 2482.2%
Management & Technical Consulting Svc 2192.1%
Scientific Research and Development Svc 762.1%
Semiconductor and Electronic Components 161.9%
Employment Services 251.6%
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 31.0%
Motion Picture and Video Industries 361.0%

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Training Programs (click on title for more information)[Top]
Program Title
Bioinformatics
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Programming, Specific Applications
Computer Science.

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Top Tasks (Specific duties and responsibilities of this job.)
Modify existing software to correct errors, allow it to adapt to new hardware, or to improve its performance.
Develop and direct software system testing and validation procedures, programming, and documentation.
Confer with systems analysts, engineers, programmers and others to design system and to obtain information on project limitations and capabilities, performance requirements and interfaces.
Analyze user needs and software requirements to determine feasibility of design within time and cost constraints.
Design, develop and modify software systems, using scientific analysis and mathematical models to predict and measure outcome and consequences of design.
Store, retrieve, and manipulate data for analysis of system capabilities and requirements.
Consult with customers about software system design and maintenance.
Supervise the work of programmers, technologists and technicians and other engineering and scientific personnel.
Coordinate software system installation and monitor equipment functioning to ensure specifications are met.
Determine system performance standards.

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Top Skills used in this Job
Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
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.
Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
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.
Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Operations Analysis - Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
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.
Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Top Work Values (Aspects of this job that create satisfaction.)
Working Conditions - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions.
Recognition - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious.

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Top Interests (The types of activities someone in this job would like.)
Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

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Alternate Titles
Application Integration Engineers; Applications Developers; Business Systems Analysts; Computer Consultants; Programmer Analysts; Software Architects; Software Development Engineers; Software Engineers; and Technical Consultants
 
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