Job growth rate between 2004 to 2014: 48.4%
Armed with an alphabet soup of programming languages, including C, C++, Java and several still being developed the computer software engineer develops application for personal computers, servers, and computer networks. The work is extremely detail oriented; software developers construct code line by line. Yet it is also conceptual and creative, requiring the developer to understand the big picture needs of the program. Note: since this work can be done anywhere, this job is vulnerable to offshore outsourcing.
The middle 50 percent earned between $59,130 and $92,130.
The highest 10 percent earned more than $113,830.
The lowest 10 percent earned less than $46,520.
The median annual salary: $74,980.
The industries that employed the most computer applications software engineers paid the following median salaries:
Software publishers: $79,930.
Technical consulting services: $78,460.
Computers systems design: $76,910.
Company and enterprise management: $70,520.
Insurance carriers: $68,440.
Source of salary and job growth rate data: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2004.