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SOFTWARE ENGINEERING- Career Resource Guide
OBERT MORRIS UNIVERSITY www.rmu.edu/careercenter

PPG Industries Career and Leadership Development Center careers@rmu.edu







Career Options

Application Programmer

Write programs that tell computers how to perform specific tasks. Develop user-oriented programs that apply to engineering or science.


Computer Security Specialist

Protect data and computer resources from viruses, natural disasters, fraud, and invasion of privacy.


Computer/Software Engineer

Design software including coding, testing, debugging, documentation, and implementation. Evaluate existing communications, hardware, and software.


Consultant

Work independently or in a firm to identify technical problems and provide solutions. Conduct testing and feasibility studies.


Design Engineer

Design software and hardware for specific business or engineering applications. Construct and test prototypes and models.


Process Engineer

Oversee the process for developing a software product. Work with managers, programmers, distributors, and the public.


Software Product Manager

Develop business plans, determine if software is compatible with system, and oversee pricing, packaging, shipping, and contracts with customers.


Systems Analyst

Examine the overall informational needs of the company and design or recommend computer systems and networks to address those needs. Also may conduct coding, testing, debugging, documentation, and implementation of software.


Systems Programmer

Design and develop software to create a computer system. Develop programming standards and evaluate and modify existing software.


Telecommunication Analyst

Design communication networks. Install and operate data links.




Business & Industry Job Titles

Application Programmer

Project Engineer

Applications Engineer

Reliability Engineer

Computer Engineer

Research and Development

Computer Programming

Sales

Computer Security Specialist

Software Design & Development

Consultant

Software Engineer

Design Engineer

Software Programmer

Information Systems Engineer

Systems Analyst

Network Engineer

Systems Designer

Operations System Manager

Systems Programmer

Process Engineer

Technical Writer

Product Development Engineer

Telecommunication Analyst




Periodicals of Interest

(Several of these resources may be found at the RMU Library.)

Engineers Guide to Business

Software Engineering




Software Engineering: A Beginner’s Guide




Software Engineering Economics




Software Engineering Handbook







Associations & Societies

American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) *

www.aaai.org

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) *

www.acm.org

Association for Women in Computing **

www.awc-hq.org

Computing Research Association *

http://cra.org

IEEE Computer Society *

www.computer.org

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) *

www.ieee.org

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) *

www.nsbe.org

National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) *

www.nspe.org

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers *

www.shpe.org

Society of Women Engineers **

www.swe.org




* Contains employment listings

** Contains employment listings for members




Career & Employment Web Sites




About Job Searching: Technical

http://jobsearchtech.about.com




Business Week Online Careers

www.businessweek.com/careers




Computerjobs.com

www.computerjobs.com




Computerwork.com

www.computerwork.com




Diversity - Careers in Engineering & Information Technology

www.diversitycareers.com




EngineeringJobs

www.engineeringjobs.com




Graduating Engineer & Computer Careers Online

www.graduatingengineer.com




IT Careers at CareerBuilder.com

www.informationtechnology.careerbuilder.com




Jobs for Programmers

www.prgjobs.com




Pittsburgh Technology Council

http://careers.pghtech.org/




PRTM - Management Consultants

www.prtm.com










Note: A helpful list of general job search websites is available online through the Career Center website at www.rmu.edu/careercenter.








Selected RMU Academic, Professional & Leadership Organizations




Actuarial Science Club

Phi Beta Lambda (Business)




American Institute of Graphic Arts

Resident Assistants




American Marketing Association

Society for Human Resource Management




APICS (The Association for Operations Management)

Society for the Advancement of Management




Association for Information Technology Professionals

Society of Manufacturing Engineers




Association of Computing Machinery

Society of Women Engineers




Association of Future Accountants

Sport Management Association




Financial Management Association

Student Community Service Center




Health Services Management

Student Government Association




Hospitality & Tourism Management Association

Student Program Board





















Salary Information







2006 national mean bachelor-level entry-level salaries:







By type of employer

By job function




Aerospace

$55,432

Computer Programming

$51,200




Communications

$53,217

Consulting

$53,917




Computer & Electronic Products

$56,422

Hardware Design & Development

$55,526




Computer Systems Design/Programming

$52,565

Project Engineering

$58,080




Consulting Services

$51,938

Software Design & Development

$55,372




Electrical Equipment/Appliance/Component Mfg.

$56,069

Systems Analysis & Design

$52,773




Engineering Services

$53,267

Systems/Programming

$52,888




Government (Federal)

$49,353

Testing

$61,000




Software Publishers

$56,143







































Bachelor-Level Internships













Bombardier Transportation

PRIME




Centria

Rockwell Software




Eaton Cutler-Hammer

Tate-Jones, Inc.




Fox IV Technologies, Inc.

US Steel




Modern Glass

Westinghouse Electric




NASA/LARSS

Wilcox Bros




Pittsburgh Logistics Systems
























Bachelor-Level Hiring Organizations







AT&T Government Services

NASA




Bayer Corporation

PA Supreme Court




FedEx

Raytheon




Fox IV Technologies, Inc.

Ryder Transportation




Honeywell

Schroeder Industries, LLC




Michael Baker Corporation

US Steel




Modern Glass














Revised: 8/30/06


















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