}
Skip to Main Content
Employment Development Department
Employment Development Department
Occupation Profile
  Printer Friendly Version

Software Developers, Systems Software
(SOC Code : 15-1133)
in Santa Cruz County

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. Apply principles and techniques of computer science, engineering, and mathematical analysis.

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 MSA20171st Qtr$55.87$43.62$54.17$70.86

View Wages for All Areas  About Wages
 

Occupational Projections of Employment (also called "Outlook" or "Demand")[Top]
 AreaEstimated Year-Projected YearEmploymentEmployment ChangeAnnual Avg Openings
EstimatedProjectedNumberPercent
Santa Cruz County 2014 - 20241302108061.511

View Projections for All Areas  About Projections
 

Job Openings from JobCentral National Labor Exchange[Top]
 
Enter a Zip Code     Find a Zip code in Santa Cruz County

Within  miles of Zip Code.


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 Services11432.9%
Computers and Peripheral Equipment 410.8%
Electronic Instrument Manufacturing 56.8%
Scientific Research and Development Svc 735.3%
Management & Technical Consulting Svc 2154.2%
Software Publishers 493.6%
Architectural and Engineering Services 2473.2%
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 33.2%
Semiconductor and Electronic Components 152.8%
Data Processing and Related Services 291.9%
Employment Services 231.8%
Commercial Goods Merchant Wholesalers 341.4%
Management of Companies and Enterprises 51.3%
Electric Goods Merchant Wholesalers 571.3%

About Staffing Patterns
 

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

About Training & Apprenticeships
 

About This Occupation (from O*NET - The Occupation Information Network)[Top]
Top Tasks (Specific duties and responsibilities of this job.)
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.
Consult with engineering staff to evaluate interface between hardware and software, develop specifications and performance requirements, or resolve customer problems.
Design or develop software systems, using scientific analysis and mathematical models to predict and measure outcome and consequences of design.
Prepare reports or correspondence concerning project specifications, activities, or status.
Confer with data processing or project managers to obtain information on limitations or capabilities for data processing projects.
Store, retrieve, and manipulate data for analysis of system capabilities and requirements.

More Tasks for Computer Software Engineers, Systems Software , More Tasks for Software Developers, Systems Software


Top Skills used in this Job
Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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.
Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others` reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others` actions.
Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

More Skills for Computer Software Engineers, Systems Software , More Skills for Software Developers, Systems Software


Top Abilities (Attributes of the person that influence performance in this job.)
Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

More Abilities for Computer Software Engineers, Systems Software , More Abilities for Software Developers, Systems Software


Top Work Values (Aspects of this job that create satisfaction.)
Achievement - Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Working Conditions - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions.

More Work Values for Computer Software Engineers, Systems Software , More Work Values for Software Developers, Systems Software


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.
Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

More Interests for Computer Software Engineers, Systems Software , More Interests for Software Developers, Systems Software


Alternate Titles
Business Systems Analysts; Computer Consultants; Programmer Analysts; Software Developers; Software Engineers; and Systems Engineers
 
Related Links
LMI for Job Seekers
Local Area Profile
Compare Occupations
O*Net - The Occupation Information Network