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According to the U.S. Department of Labor, computer-software engineers are among the occupations projected to grow the fastest and add the most new jobs from 2008 to 2018. Job prospects will be best for applicants with a bachelor's or higher degree and relevant experience.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2010 report, the annual earnings for wage-and-salary computer applications software engineers is as follows:

  • median: $87,480
  • middle 50%: $69,230 to $107,710
  • lowest 10%: less than $54,840
  • highest 10%: greater than $132,080

Similarly, for computer-systems software engineers:

  • median: $93,470
  • middle 50%: $74,520 to $116,510
  • lowest 10%: less than $59,600
  • highest 10%: greater than $139,930

Learn about Clarkson alumni in the software engineering field.