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Computer Applications Engineer
|Overview:||Computer applications engineers formulate mathematical models of information processing systems to solve scientific and engineering problems. They consult with potential system users to identify the types of data to be fed into the computer and answers needed.|
|Duties:||They analyze an organization's flow of information and business transactions to determine how computers can analyze the data and improve decision making.
Conduct mathematical analyses to determine the most efficient ways for computers to process the organization's information.
Prepare flow charts to describe to the organization's executives how a computer system would accept information, process it and present results to decision makers.
Write computer programs to demonstrate to executives exactly how the computer system would operate. They conduct experiments with the programs to optimize them.
|Degree(s):||A.S. Engineering Science
A.A.S. Computer Information Systems: Computer Programming Track
A.S. Mathematics and Science
A.A.S. Computer Information Systems: Microcomputer Applications Software Track
|Job Outlook:||Employment of computer applications engineers is expected to grow much faster than average through 2018 because of consumer demand for increasingly sophisticated technologies. Job increases will be driven by very rapid growth in computer systems design as well as software publishing.|
|Salary Range (National Average):||$46,000 to $52,000|
|Education Level:||Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.|
|Additional Training/Education:||The usual requirement for this occupation is a bachelor's or associate degree in computer science or information systems. Courses in business administration, operations analysis & statistics are essential.|
|Advancement Info:||As is the case with most occupations, advancement opportunities for computer software engineers increase with experience. Entry-level computer software engineers are likely to test and verify ongoing designs. As they become more experienced, they may become involved in designing and developing software. Eventually, they may advance to become a project manager, manager of information systems, or chief information officer. Some computer software engineers with several years of experience or expertise find lucrative opportunities working as systems designers or independent consultants or starting their own computer consulting firms.|
Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services Advisor to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.