What Does an API Engineer Do?
Because APIs serve a number of different organization types, API engineers also consult with the organization's experts. For example, an API engineer working for a large retail chain will consult with marketing and sales to develop APIs that are specific to those fields and that particular organization. Engineers are also involved in data security and work closely with data security measures and protocols, such as user access control and token management, to protect both the organization from threats and exploits and the end users from experiencing any type of cyber attack. With cloud services rapidly rising on the internet, API engineers work to make cloud data transfers and tasks more efficient by overseeing the data warehouse as well as ensuring that background tasks perform as expected.
|Educational Requirements||Bachelor's degree|
|Job Skills||Expert coding ability in a number of computer languages, knowledge of cloud platforms, expert knowledge of data management and security, strong problem-solving, strong written and oral communication skills|
|Median Salary (2018)*||$103,620 (software developers, applications)|
|Job Outlook (2016-2026)*||31% (much faster than average for software developers, applications)|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
A bachelor's degree is commonly preferred for API engineers. Prospective employers also favor candidates with practical experience writing code and developing applications. Work experience in API testing, cloud protocols, and data management/query are also highly desirable.
Career Outlook and Salary
In 2018, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the annual median salary for software developers in applications was $103,620. The BLS reports that the job outlook for software developers in applications from 2016 to 2026 is expected to grow 31 percent. The BLS reports that this percentage is much faster compared to all other occupations.
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