Duties and responsibilities
An Application Integration Engineer develops, creates, and modifies general or specialized computer applications software and programs. They analyze user needs, design software tailored to these needs, all with the aim of optimizing operational efficiency. Their typical duties and responsibilities include:
- Analyzing the user needs and software requirements to determine feasibility of design within time and cost constraints
- Modifying existing app software to correct errors or to improve its performance
- Directing software system testing and validation procedures, programming, and documentation
- Conferring with other IT professionals to gather information on project limitations and capabilities, performance requirements and interfaces
- Storing, retrieving and manipulating data for analysis of system capabilities and requirements
- Designing, developing and modifying software systems, using scientific analysis and mathematical models to predict and measure outcome and consequences of design
- Coordinating software system installation and monitor equipment functioning to ensure specifications are met
- Obtaining and evaluating information on factors such as reporting formats required, costs, and security needs to determine hardware configuration.
- Analyze information to determine, recommend, and plan computer specifications and layouts, and peripheral equipment modifications
If you’re interested in becoming an Application Integration Engineer, you will most likely need a bachelor’s degree in a related field such as computer science or computer information systems. Some employers may prefer to hire Application Integration Engineers who have master’s degrees. Even though most Application Integration Engineers have a degree, it’s possible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.
You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become an Application Integration Engineer. Relevant roles include systems administrator or a systems engineer or software Engineer.
Skills and relevant work experience
The typical skills and talents required for an application integration engineer include:
- Problem-solving skills, as application integration engineers will need to work to address complex challenges and meet the clients needs
- Attention to detail, as application integration engineers must notice every detail when designing and tailoring apps
- Communication skills, as application integration engineers will work closely with individuals in other roles and departments. They must be able to effectively communicate their ideas across to others
- Leadership skills, as application integration engineers may have to oversee the work of other developers or programmers
- Knowledge of programming Languages, such as Objective-C (for Apple IOS developers) and Java (for Android developers). However, it is useful to know multiple programming languages. This will make you stand out from the other job applicants.
Application integration engineers tend to work full time, normal hours. They may, however, have to work additional hours when things go wrong or when approaching a deadline.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for app developers, which include application integration engineers, was $107,510 in 2019. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $64,240, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $164,590.
There is a growing demand for application integration engineers due to the increasing dependency on technology, meaning lots of jobs opportunities are available. Application integration engineers may progress to move senior roles, where they will supervise computer programmers.