Other Software and Applications Programmers
This occupation group covers Other Software and Applications Programmers not elsewhere classified. Occupations in this group include jobs like Software Tester.
Tests, debugs, diagnoses and corrects errors and faults in an applications programming language within established testing protocols, guidelines and quality standards to ensure programs and applications perform to specification.
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
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Earnings and hours
Around 87% of people employed as Other Software and Applications Programmers work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 21 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 44 hours per week in their main job. This is the same as the all jobs average.
Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.
Employment across Australia
Age and gender
The median age of Other Software and Applications Programmers is 40 years. This is the same as the all jobs average.
A large share of workers are aged 35 to 44 years.
Females make up 30% of the workforce. This is 18 percentage points below the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
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Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
A bachelor or postgraduate degree in a related information technology field (such as programming, software engineering, software development or computer science) is usually needed to work as an Other Software or Applications Programmer. Some workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification.
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Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Software and Applications Programmers who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong computer skills.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Reading work related information.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Talking to others.
48%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
45%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Using maths to solve problems.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
41%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
Looking for ways to help people.
Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.
Teaching people how to do something.
Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.
Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.
Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
94%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
70%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
50%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
46%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
45%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
43%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
37%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
35%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
33%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.
28%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
27%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
19%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Listen to and understand what people say.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Communicate by speaking.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Read and understand written information.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
55%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Write in a way that people can understand.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.
41%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
41%Working with numbers
Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.
85%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
78%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
75%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
69%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
68%Making sense of information and ideas
Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.
64%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
63%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
58%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
56%Giving expert advice
Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.
53%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
53%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
50%Coming up with systems and processes
Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.
47%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
46%Scheduling work and activities
Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
45%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
45%Coordinating the work of a team
Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.
44%Coaching and developing others
Working out the needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or helping them to improve.
43%Explaining things to people
Helping people to understand and use information.
36%Estimating amounts, costs and resources
Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.
Interests and demands
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.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Use electronic mail.
97%Spend time sitting
Spend time sitting at work.
97%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
Talk with people face-to-face.
Work with people in a group or team.
Talk on the telephone.
83%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
82%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
80%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
77%Lead or coordinate a team
Lead others to do work activities.
Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.
Work to strict deadlines.
67%Repeating same tasks
Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.
67%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
61%Responsible for outcomes
Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.
60%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
58%Loud or uncomfortable sounds
Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.
56%Physically close to people
Work physically close to other people.
53%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
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