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Software Engineers

ANZSCO ID 261313

Overview

All Software and Applications Programmers

  • $2,003 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth

Software Engineers

  • 30,600 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 92% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 36 years Average age
  • 12% female Gender Share

Software Engineers design, develop, modify, document, test, implement, install and support software applications and systems.

Specialisations: Computer Applications Engineer, Database Designer, Systems Architect.

You usually need a bachelor or postgraduate degree in a related information technology field (such as software engineering, software development or computer science) to work as a Software Engineer. Some workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification.

Tasks
  • Provides advice, guidance and expertise in developing proposals and strategies for software design activities such as financial evaluation and costings for recommending software purchases and upgrades.

Prospects

Pathways

You usually need a bachelor or postgraduate degree in a related information technology field (such as software engineering, software development or computer science) to work as a Software Engineer. Some workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Information and Communications Technology VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Software and Applications Programmers who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong computer skills.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Computers and electronics

    90% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  2. Engineering and technology

    73% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  3. Mathematics

    70% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  4. Telecommunications

    63% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

  5. English language

    60% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  6. Technical design

    60% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  7. Customer and personal service

    57% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  8. Administration and management

    53% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  9. Education and training

    53% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  10. Sales and marketing

    48% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  11. Clerical

    46% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  12. Personnel and human resources

    41% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  13. Physics

    34% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  14. Communications and media

    34% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  15. Law and government

    33% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  16. Economics and accounting

    31% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

  17. Production and processing

    31% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  18. Psychology

    30% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  19. Public safety and security

    30% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  20. Chemistry

    18% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Operations analysis

    66% Skill level

    Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.

  2. Systems evaluation

    61% Skill level

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  3. Reading comprehension

    59% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  4. Writing

    59% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  5. Critical thinking

    57% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  6. Active listening

    55% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  7. Quality control analysis

    55% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  8. Systems analysis

    55% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  9. Active learning

    54% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  10. Judgment and decision making

    54% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  11. Programming

    54% Skill level

    Writing computer programs.

  12. Complex problem solving

    52% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  13. Speaking

    50% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  14. Monitoring

    50% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  15. Time management

    48% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  16. Instructing

    48% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  17. Learning strategies

    46% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  18. Coordination with others

    45% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  19. Persuasion

    45% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  20. Social perceptiveness

    43% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Written expression

    68% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  2. Oral comprehension

    66% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  3. Written comprehension

    63% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  4. Oral expression

    61% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  5. Deductive reasoning

    59% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  6. Problem spotting

    59% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  7. Inductive reasoning

    57% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  8. Originality

    55% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  9. Sorting or ordering

    54% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  10. Brainstorming

    52% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  11. Categorising

    52% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  12. Near vision

    52% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  13. Visualization

    52% Skill level

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  14. Working with numbers

    48% Skill level

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

  15. Mathematics

    46% Skill level

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  16. Speech clarity

    45% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  17. Speech recognition

    45% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  18. Selective attention

    45% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  19. Finger dexterity

    43% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  20. Flexibility of closure

    43% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Working with computers

    88% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  2. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    86% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  3. Thinking creatively

    80% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  4. Researching and investigating

    77% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  5. Planning and prioritising work

    75% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  6. Giving expert advice

    73% Skill level

    Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.

  7. Making decisions and solving problems

    71% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  8. Making sense of information and ideas

    71% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  9. Communicating within a team

    70% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  10. Scheduling work and activities

    69% Skill level

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  11. Looking for changes over time

    68% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  12. Collecting and organising information

    68% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  13. Explaining things to people

    67% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  14. Communicating with the public

    65% Skill level

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  15. Building good relationships

    64% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  16. Documenting or recording information

    61% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  17. Leading and encouraging a team

    61% Skill level

    Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.

  18. Coming up with systems and processes

    60% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.

  19. Checking compliance with standards

    57% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  20. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    55% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 15-1199.02 - Computer Systems Engineers/Architects.

Work Environment

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Electronic mail

    100% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  2. Indoors, heat controlled

    96% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  3. Spend time sitting

    95% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  4. Face-to-face discussions

    94% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  5. Telephone

    93% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  6. Teamwork

    90% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  7. Being exact or accurate

    86% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  8. Freedom to make decisions

    85% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  9. Unstructured work

    85% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  10. Contact with people

    80% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  11. Time pressure

    78% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  12. Impact of decisions

    75% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  13. Competition

    73% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  14. Lead or coordinate a team

    72% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  15. Responsible for outcomes

    70% Important

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

  16. Frequent decision making

    70% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  17. Letters and memos

    64% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  18. Making repetitive motions

    64% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  19. Physically close to people

    60% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  20. Repeating same tasks

    59% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Achievement

    81% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  2. Independence

    81% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  3. Recognition

    81% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  4. Working conditions

    69% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  5. Support

    67% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  6. Relationships

    62% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Analytical

    90% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  2. Practical

    81% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  3. Administrative

    62% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  4. Creative

    38% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  5. Enterprising

    24% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  6. Helping

    14% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 15-1199.02 - Computer Systems Engineers/Architects.

All Software and Applications Programmers

  • $2,003 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth

Software Engineers

  • 30,600 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 92% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 36 years Average age
  • 12% female Gender Share

Software Engineers design, develop, modify, document, test, implement, install and support software applications and systems.

Specialisations: Computer Applications Engineer, Database Designer, Systems Architect.

You usually need a bachelor or postgraduate degree in a related information technology field (such as software engineering, software development or computer science) to work as a Software Engineer. Some workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification.

Tasks
  • Provides advice, guidance and expertise in developing proposals and strategies for software design activities such as financial evaluation and costings for recommending software purchases and upgrades.

You usually need a bachelor or postgraduate degree in a related information technology field (such as software engineering, software development or computer science) to work as a Software Engineer. Some workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Information and Communications Technology VET training pathways.

Employers look for Software and Applications Programmers who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong computer skills.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Computers and electronics

    90% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  2. Engineering and technology

    73% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  3. Mathematics

    70% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  4. Telecommunications

    63% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

  5. English language

    60% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  6. Technical design

    60% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  7. Customer and personal service

    57% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  8. Administration and management

    53% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  9. Education and training

    53% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  10. Sales and marketing

    48% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  11. Clerical

    46% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  12. Personnel and human resources

    41% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  13. Physics

    34% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  14. Communications and media

    34% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  15. Law and government

    33% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  16. Economics and accounting

    31% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

  17. Production and processing

    31% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  18. Psychology

    30% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  19. Public safety and security

    30% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  20. Chemistry

    18% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Operations analysis

    66% Skill level

    Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.

  2. Systems evaluation

    61% Skill level

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  3. Reading comprehension

    59% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  4. Writing

    59% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  5. Critical thinking

    57% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  6. Active listening

    55% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  7. Quality control analysis

    55% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  8. Systems analysis

    55% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  9. Active learning

    54% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  10. Judgment and decision making

    54% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  11. Programming

    54% Skill level

    Writing computer programs.

  12. Complex problem solving

    52% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  13. Speaking

    50% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  14. Monitoring

    50% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  15. Time management

    48% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  16. Instructing

    48% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  17. Learning strategies

    46% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  18. Coordination with others

    45% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  19. Persuasion

    45% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  20. Social perceptiveness

    43% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Written expression

    68% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  2. Oral comprehension

    66% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  3. Written comprehension

    63% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  4. Oral expression

    61% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  5. Deductive reasoning

    59% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  6. Problem spotting

    59% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  7. Inductive reasoning

    57% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  8. Originality

    55% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  9. Sorting or ordering

    54% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  10. Brainstorming

    52% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  11. Categorising

    52% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  12. Near vision

    52% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  13. Visualization

    52% Skill level

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  14. Working with numbers

    48% Skill level

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

  15. Mathematics

    46% Skill level

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  16. Speech clarity

    45% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  17. Speech recognition

    45% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  18. Selective attention

    45% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  19. Finger dexterity

    43% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  20. Flexibility of closure

    43% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Working with computers

    88% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  2. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    86% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  3. Thinking creatively

    80% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  4. Researching and investigating

    77% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  5. Planning and prioritising work

    75% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  6. Giving expert advice

    73% Skill level

    Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.

  7. Making decisions and solving problems

    71% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  8. Making sense of information and ideas

    71% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  9. Communicating within a team

    70% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  10. Scheduling work and activities

    69% Skill level

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  11. Looking for changes over time

    68% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  12. Collecting and organising information

    68% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  13. Explaining things to people

    67% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  14. Communicating with the public

    65% Skill level

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  15. Building good relationships

    64% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  16. Documenting or recording information

    61% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  17. Leading and encouraging a team

    61% Skill level

    Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.

  18. Coming up with systems and processes

    60% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.

  19. Checking compliance with standards

    57% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  20. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    55% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 15-1199.02 - Computer Systems Engineers/Architects.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Electronic mail

    100% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  2. Indoors, heat controlled

    96% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  3. Spend time sitting

    95% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  4. Face-to-face discussions

    94% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  5. Telephone

    93% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  6. Teamwork

    90% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  7. Being exact or accurate

    86% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  8. Freedom to make decisions

    85% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  9. Unstructured work

    85% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  10. Contact with people

    80% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  11. Time pressure

    78% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  12. Impact of decisions

    75% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  13. Competition

    73% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  14. Lead or coordinate a team

    72% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  15. Responsible for outcomes

    70% Important

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

  16. Frequent decision making

    70% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  17. Letters and memos

    64% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  18. Making repetitive motions

    64% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  19. Physically close to people

    60% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  20. Repeating same tasks

    59% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Achievement

    81% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  2. Independence

    81% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  3. Recognition

    81% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  4. Working conditions

    69% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  5. Support

    67% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  6. Relationships

    62% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Analytical

    90% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  2. Practical

    81% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  3. Administrative

    62% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  4. Creative

    38% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  5. Enterprising

    24% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  6. Helping

    14% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 15-1199.02 - Computer Systems Engineers/Architects.
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