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Software Developers, Systems Software in California

May also be called: Business Systems Analysts; Computer Consultants; Programmer Analysts; Software Developers; Software Engineers; and Systems Engineers

What Would I Do?

Software Developers, Systems Software apply the principles and techniques of computer science and mathematical analysis to create, test, and evaluate the software and systems that enable computers to perform various applications.

Systems Software Developers work in well-lit and comfortable offices or computer laboratories. They frequently work more than 40 hours a week due to the project-oriented nature of their work. Systems Software Developers may work evenings and weekends to meet deadlines or solve technical problems.

Will This Job Fit Me?

The job of Systems Software Developer may appeal to those who enjoy activities that involve working with ideas, require an extensive amount of thinking, and searching for facts and figuring out problems.

What Wages and Benefits Can I Expect?

The median wage in 2020 for Software Developers, Systems Software in California is $0 annually. The median is the point at which half of the workers earn more and half earn less.

Annual Wages for 2020Low
(25th percentile)
Median
(50th percentile)
High
(75th percentile)
California>$145,600>$145,600>$145,600
Source: EDD/LMID Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, 2020 Wages do not reflect self-employment.
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Systems Software Developers generally receive medical, dental, and life insurance, as well as vacation, sick leave, and retirement plans from their employers. Some employers also offer stock options.

What is the Job Outlook?

Job opportunities for Systems Software Developers should be very good as businesses, organizations, and individuals continue to adopt and integrate new technologies and seek to maximize the efficiency of their computer systems. Competition among businesses creates an incentive for increasingly sophisticated technological innovations; therefore, more Systems Software Developers will be needed to implement these new technological changes.

How Do I Qualify?

Candidates for systems software development positions should have a bachelor’s degree with a background in computer systems and technologies.

Finding a Job

Networking is important in this occupation, since many Systems Software Developers find work through referrals. Jobs can also be found through direct application to employers, newspaper classified advertisements, online job boards, and professional organizations.  Online job opening systems include JobCentral at www.jobcentral.com and CalJOBSSM at www.caljobs.ca.gov.

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