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)

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 93100 7.51 12
United States 395,600447,000 13.05,130 5,65010,790

Job outlook

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

2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 53.1731.0840.03 51.3864.4178.47
Alaska **40.03 *64.41*
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area **40.03 *64.41*

* indicates the estimate is not available, or the hourly wage is greater than $100, or the annual wage is greater than $208,000.

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
8518 21.243.5 24.6
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation24
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation22
UI claimants previously working in occupation5
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 44
Number of job position postings 7
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 6.3

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

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

Thomas Edison State University   (Eielson AFB)
Computer Science BA

University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Business Computer Info Systems AAS

University of Alaska Fairbanks   (Fairbanks)
Computer Engineering Bac

Alaska Economic Trends articles

Alaska’s IT Workers (April 2013)