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Working As An Advanced Software Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $94,723

    Average Salary

What Does An Advanced Software Engineer Do

Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or another device. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or that control networks.

Duties

Software developers typically do the following:

  • Analyze users’ needs and then design, test, and develop software to meet those needs
  • Recommend software upgrades for customers’ existing programs and systems
  • Design each piece of an application or a system and plan how the pieces will work together
  • Create a variety of models and diagrams (such as flowcharts) that instruct programmers how to write software code
  • Ensure that a program continues to function normally through software maintenance and testing
  • Document every aspect of an application or a system as a reference for future maintenance and upgrades
  • Collaborate with other computer specialists to create optimum software

Software developers are in charge of the entire development process for a software program. They may begin by asking how the customer plans to use the software. They must identify the core functionality that users need from software programs. Software developers must also determine user requirements that are unrelated to the functionality of software, such as the level of security and performance needs. They design the program and then give instructions to programmers, who write computer code and test it.

If the program does not work as expected or if testers find it too difficult to use, software developers go back to the design process to fix the problems or improve the program. After the program is released to the customer, a developer may perform upgrades and maintenance.

Developers usually work closely with computer programmers. However, in some companies, developers write code themselves instead of giving instructions to the programmers.

Developers who supervise a software project from the planning stages through implementation sometimes are called information technology (IT) project managers. These workers monitor the project’s progress to ensure that it meets deadlines, standards, and cost targets. IT project managers who plan and direct an organization’s IT department or IT policies are included in the profile on computer and information systems managers.

The following are examples of types of software developers:

Applications software developers design computer applications, such as word processors and games, for consumers. They may create custom software for a specific customer or commercial software to be sold to the general public. Some applications software developers create complex databases for organizations. They also create programs that people use over the Internet and within a company’s intranet.

Systems software developers create the systems that keep computers functioning properly. These could be operating systems for computers that the general public buys or systems built specifically for an organization. Often, systems software developers also build the system’s interface, which is what allows users to interact with the computer. Systems software developers are creating the operating systems that control most of the consumer electronics in use today, including the systems in phones or cars.

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How To Become An Advanced Software Engineer

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree in computer science and strong computer programming skills.

Education

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree, typically in computer science, software engineering, or a related field. A degree in mathematics is also acceptable. Computer science degree programs are the most common, because they tend to cover a broad range of topics. Students should focus on classes related to building software in order to better prepare themselves for work in the occupation. For some positions, employers may prefer a master’s degree.

Although writing code is not their first priority, developers must have a strong background in computer programming. They usually gain this experience in school. Throughout their career, developers must keep up to date on new tools and computer languages.

Software developers also need skills related to the industry in which they work. Developers working in a bank, for example, should have knowledge of finance so that they can understand a bank’s computing needs.

Other Experience

Many students gain experience in software development by completing an internship at a software company while in college.

Some software developers first work as computer programmers and then are given more responsibility as they gain experience. Eventually, they become developers.

Advancement

Software developers can advance to become information technology (IT) project managers, also called computer and information systems managers, a position in which they oversee the software development process.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Developers must analyze users’ needs and then design software to meet those needs.

Communication skills. Developers must be able to give clear instructions to others working on a project. They must also explain to their customers how the software works and answer any questions that arise.

Computer skills. Developers must understand computer capabilities and programming languages in order to design effective software.

Creativity. Developers are the creative minds behind new computer software.

Detail oriented. Developers often work on many parts of an application or system at the same time and must therefore be able to concentrate and pay attention to detail.

Interpersonal skills. Software developers must be able to work well with others who contribute to designing, developing, and programming successful software.

Problem-solving skills. Because developers are in charge of software from beginning to end, they must be able to solve problems that arise throughout the design process.

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Average Length of Employment
Software Engineer 3.0 years
Top Employers Before
Programmer 4.2%
Internship 2.5%
Trainee 2.5%
Top Employers After
Engineer 11.8%
Manager 10.9%
Consultant 3.6%
Architect 2.7%

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Advanced Software Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

72.1%

Female

18.3%

Unknown

9.6%
Ethnicity

White

45.9%

Asian

30.9%

Hispanic or Latino

12.8%

Black or African American

7.9%

Unknown

2.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Tamil

50.0%

Chinese

50.0%

Advanced Software Engineer Education

Schools

Carnegie Mellon University

9.1%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

6.1%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

6.1%

Santa Clara University

6.1%

West Virginia University

6.1%

Stanford University

6.1%

Oklahoma State University

6.1%

University of Massachusetts - Worcester

6.1%

George Mason University

6.1%

Iowa State University

6.1%

University of Cincinnati

6.1%

University of Toledo

6.1%

University of Dayton

3.0%

Missouri State University

3.0%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

3.0%

New York University

3.0%

Western Washington University

3.0%

California State University - Fullerton

3.0%

University of Florida

3.0%

Chabot College

3.0%
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Majors

Computer Science

34.1%

Computer Engineering

12.2%

Electrical Engineering

11.0%

Business

6.1%

Computer Information Systems

4.9%

Mechanical Engineering

4.9%

Engineering

3.7%

Project Management

2.4%

Medicine

2.4%

Mathematics

2.4%

Human Computer Interaction

2.4%

Educational Assessment, Evaluation, And Research

2.4%

Engineering Science

2.4%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.2%

Manufacturing Engineering

1.2%

Area Studies

1.2%

Finance

1.2%

Marketing

1.2%

Mechatronics And Robotics

1.2%

Law

1.2%
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Degrees

Masters

47.3%

Bachelors

30.8%

Other

9.9%

Doctorate

8.8%

Certificate

1.1%

Associate

1.1%

Diploma

1.1%
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Real Advanced Software Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Advanced Platform Software Engineer Nimble Storage, Inc. San Jose, CA Apr 14, 2014 $130,000 -
$150,000
Software Engineer, Advanced Software Innovation General Electric Company-Global Research Center San Ramon, CA May 06, 2013 $115,000
Advanced Software Engineer Masimo Corporation Irvine, CA Jul 12, 2015 $115,000
Engineer Softwares Systems-Advanced NEC Corporation of America Rancho Cordova, CA Jan 03, 2014 $114,125
Software Engineer-Advanced Backend Groupon, Inc. Seattle, WA Nov 21, 2014 $114,000 -
$160,000
Software Engineer, Advanced Software Innovation General Electric Company-GE Global Research Cent San Ramon, CA Sep 05, 2014 $113,600
Advanced Software Engineer Zebra Technologies Corporation Holtsville, NY Jan 11, 2016 $111,582 -
$125,600
Advanced Software Engineer Kcura LLC Chicago, IL Sep 26, 2016 $106,000
Software Engineer-Advanced Strategy or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Dec 01, 2016 $105,000 -
$125,000
Software Engineer-Advanced Backend Groupon, Inc. Seattle, WA Nov 21, 2014 $105,000 -
$160,000
Software Engineer-Advanced Backend Groupon, Inc. Seattle, WA May 22, 2015 $105,000 -
$150,000
Advanced Software Engineer Zebra Technologies Corporation Holtsville, NY Sep 22, 2016 $104,083 -
$158,100
Software Engineer Advanced Siemens PLM Software Inc. Cypress, CA Mar 04, 2015 $103,209 -
$123,138
Software Engineer Advanced Siemens PLM Software, Inc. Milford, OH Feb 09, 2016 $93,600 -
$115,000
Software Engineer Advanced Siemens PLM Software, Inc. Troy, MI Aug 23, 2016 $93,246 -
$124,000
Software Engineer Advanced Siemens PLM Software Inc. Troy, MI Apr 15, 2016 $92,900 -
$115,095
Software Engineer Advanced Siemens PLM Software Inc. Troy, MI Jan 29, 2016 $92,900 -
$112,300
Software Engineer Advanced Siemens PLM Software Inc. Livonia, MI Feb 15, 2016 $92,900 -
$115,095
Software Engineer-Advanced Dean Health Plan, Inc. Madison, WI Sep 08, 2014 $92,000
Software Engineer-Advanced Dean Health Plan, Inc. Madison, WI Aug 09, 2014 $92,000
Software Engineer Advanced Siemens PLM Software Inc. Cypress, CA Oct 28, 2014 $87,090 -
$115,897
Software Engineer Advanced Siemens PLM Software, Inc. Cypress, CA Aug 24, 2016 $86,674 -
$124,890
Software Engineer-Advanced Siemens PLM Software Inc. Arlington, TX Mar 05, 2015 $86,200 -
$124,337
Software Engineer-Advanced Siemens PLM Software Inc. Milford, OH Jun 26, 2015 $86,100 -
$124,000
Software Engineer Advanced Siemens PLM Software Inc. Milford, OH Mar 19, 2015 $85,776 -
$124,337
Advanced Software Engineer ISN Software Corporation Dallas, TX Aug 15, 2013 $85,030
Software Engineer Advanced Siemens PLM Software Inc. Cypress, CA Jul 12, 2015 $84,472 -
$124,890

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Top Skills for An Advanced Software Engineer

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  1. Test Plans
  2. Data Exchange
  3. Web
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  • Developed software test plans and performed software integration and qualification tests.
  • Established web technology standards for the organization.
  • Validated System Requirements so that the functional content was described accurately and defined what was delivered to the customers.
  • Developed new PL/SQL queries and stored procedures for data retrieval and validation.
  • Develop and maintain software (approximately 80 programs) for testers /servers in C, C++, and Pascal.

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