Software Developers, Systems Software (15-1133)

Occupation description:  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. May design embedded systems software. Apply principles and techniques of computer science, engineering, and mathematical analysis.

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 8585 0.01 45
United States 425,000472,100 11.16,100 22,00032,810

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with low employment opportunities. Read more.


2017 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 53.7431.5740.53 51.7365.2678.92
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 62.5935.1141.01 58.1775.5092.97

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
9021 23.347.1 27.1
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation23
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation16
UI claimants previously working in occupation6
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 49
Number of job position postings 1
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 49.0

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: Bachelor’s degree Work experience: None On-the-job training: None

Training Resources

 Degree
Central Texas College, Fort Richardson/Elmendorf AFB   (Fort Richardson)
Information Technology AAS

 Degree
Thomas Edison State University   (Eielson AFB)
Computer Science BA

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Computer Science BA
Computer Science BS

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage, Kenai   (Soldotna)
Technical Support OEC

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage, Kodiak   (Kodiak)
Technical Support OEC

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage, Mat-Su   (Palmer)
Technical Support OEC

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks   (Fairbanks)
Computer Engineering BS
Computer Science BS
Computer Science MS
Information Technology Specialist AAS
Software Engineering MSE

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Bristol Bay   (Dillingham)
Information Technology Specialist AAS
Information Technology Specialist CT2

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Chukchi   (Kotzebue)
Information Technology Specialist AAS
Information Technology Specialist CT2

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, CTC   (Fairbanks)
Information Technology Specialist AAS
Information Technology Specialist CT2

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Kuskokwim   (Bethel)
Information Technology Specialist AAS
Information Technology Specialist CT2

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Northwest   (Nome)
Information Technology Specialist AAS
Information Technology Specialist CT2

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Rural College   (Fairbanks)
Information Technology Specialist AAS
Information Technology Specialist CT2

 Degree
University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau   (Juneau)
Information Systems AAS
Information Systems BS

 Degree
University of Alaska Southeast, Ketchikan   (Ketchikan)
Information Systems AAS

Alaska Economic Trends articles

Alaska’s IT Workers (April 2013)