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Working As An Advisory Software Engineer

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

  • $107,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Advisory 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 Advisory 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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Advisory Software Engineer Career Paths

Advisory Software Engineer
Senior Software Engineer Project Manager Product Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Software Development Manager
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Staff Software Engineer Principal Software Engineer Software Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Staff Software Engineer Principal Software Engineer Director Of Software Development
Vice President Of Software Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Staff Software Engineer Software Engineer Lead Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Principal Software Engineer Principal Engineer Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Information Technology Director Chief Technology Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Project Manager Product Manager
Vice President, Product Management
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Principal Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Member, Technical Staff Project Leader Senior Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Member, Technical Staff Project Leader Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Member, Technical Staff Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Senior Systems Analyst Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Project Leader Technical Project Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Technical Project Manager Delivery Manager
Senior Delivery Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Information Technology Specialist Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Information Technology Specialist Senior Systems Engineer Senior Technical Consultant
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Software Engineer 3.0 years
Top Careers Before Advisory Software Engineer
Consultant 3.4%
Developer 2.8%
Programmer 2.8%
Top Careers After Advisory Software Engineer
Consultant 7.1%
Owner 3.7%
Architect 2.6%
Developer 2.6%

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Average Yearly Salary
$107,000
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$79,000
Min 10%
$107,000
Median 50%
$107,000
Median 50%
$107,000
Median 50%
$107,000
Median 50%
$107,000
Median 50%
$107,000
Median 50%
$107,000
Median 50%
$143,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
NEC Corporation of America
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
6.8 years
How much does an Advisory Software Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Advisory Software Engineer in the United States is $107,202 per year or $52 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $79,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $143,000.

Real Advisory Software Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Advisory Software Engineer IBM Corporation Paramus, NJ Nov 06, 2016 $160,560
Advisory Software Engineer IBM Corporation San Jose, CA Oct 08, 2016 $150,000
Advisory Software Engineer Lenovo Santa Clara, CA Dec 02, 2016 $148,803
Advisory Software Engineer IBM Corporation San Jose, CA Apr 16, 2015 $147,472
Advisory Software Engineer IBM Corporation San Jose, CA Jan 07, 2015 $142,875
Advisory Software Engineer Lenovo Santa Clara, CA Jul 01, 2016 $132,038
Advisory Software Engineer IBM Corporation San Jose, CA Aug 06, 2015 $132,038 -
$154,916
Advisory Engineer, SW Lenovo (United States), Inc. Santa Clara, CA Sep 17, 2016 $125,000 -
$130,000
Advisory Software Engineer IBM Corporation San Jose, CA Jul 06, 2015 $123,384
Advisory Software Engineer IBM Corporation San Jose, CA Jul 10, 2015 $123,384
Advisory Software Engineer IBM Corporation San Jose, CA Jul 09, 2015 $123,384
Senior Advisory Software Engineer Visionet Systems, Inc. Chesterfield, MO Apr 20, 2015 $115,000
Advisory Software Engineer Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions, Inc. Durham, NC Jul 09, 2016 $114,691
Advisory Software Engineer Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions Parkton, NC Nov 19, 2015 $114,691
Advisory Software Engineer IBM Corporation Foster City, CA Jun 15, 2015 $114,400 -
$154,756
Advisory Engineer, SW Motorola Mobility LLC Chicago, IL Jul 09, 2016 $113,922 -
$161,429
Advisory Software Engineer IBM Corporation Somers, NY Aug 20, 2016 $113,075 -
$143,851
Advisory Software Engineer IBM Corporation Durham, NC Feb 28, 2016 $112,073
Advisory Software Engineer Lenovo Poughkeepsie, NY Jul 12, 2015 $111,732
Advisory Software Engineer IBM Corporation Cambridge, MA Oct 21, 2015 $99,195 -
$158,964
Advisory Software Engineer IBM Corporation Littleton, MA Sep 14, 2016 $99,195 -
$190,174
Advisory Software Engineer Persistent Systems, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jan 04, 2016 $98,342 -
$127,035
Advisory Software Engineer IBM Corporation Littleton, MA Jun 09, 2016 $98,238 -
$130,000
Advisory Software Engineer IBM Corporation Wayne, PA Jun 26, 2015 $97,531 -
$132,810
Advisory Software Engineer IBM Corporation San Jose, CA Nov 07, 2016 $97,492 -
$180,000

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Top Skills for An Advisory Software Engineer

  1. Web Application
  2. API
  3. Database
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Lead Developer in MDT Project, a web application which is used for supporting IBM Service Request.
  • Project lead on several projects, including commercializing of a third-party OCR package and development of an image processing library/API.
  • Developed Graphical User Interface for collecting parametric data and yield information from manufactured Disc Drives into Oracle Database using Visual Basic.
  • Provide software resource estimates for custom software development, and productivity expectations for complete systems.
  • Ported embedded manufacturing code into Linux library for next generation tester.

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Top 10 Best States for Advisory Software Engineers

  1. Washington
  2. California
  3. New York
  4. Virginia
  5. New Hampshire
  6. North Carolina
  7. Illinois
  8. New Jersey
  9. Georgia
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Advisory Software Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

72.9%

Female

14.4%

Unknown

12.8%
Ethnicity

White

53.9%

Asian

18.8%

Hispanic or Latino

11.7%

Black or African American

8.4%

Unknown

7.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Chinese

20.0%

Persian

20.0%

Hindi

20.0%

French

20.0%

Spanish

20.0%
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Advisory Software Engineer Education

Schools

North Carolina State University

9.9%

University of Texas at Austin

9.9%

Northeastern University

8.9%

University of Arizona

6.9%

Purdue University

6.9%

Syracuse University

5.0%

Marist College

5.0%

University of Colorado at Boulder

5.0%

Santa Clara University

5.0%

Florida Atlantic University

5.0%

University of Washington

4.0%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

4.0%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

4.0%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.0%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.0%

Harvard University

3.0%

Ohio State University

3.0%

University of Wisconsin Extension

3.0%

University of Massachusetts - Boston

3.0%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.0%
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Majors

Computer Science

46.3%

Computer Engineering

11.1%

Electrical Engineering

9.7%

Business

8.2%

Mathematics

4.1%

Information Systems

2.6%

Physics

2.3%

Computer Information Systems

2.1%

Statistics

1.5%

Information Technology

1.5%

Engineering

1.5%

Computer Programming

1.5%

Writing

1.2%

Finance

1.2%

Psychology

0.9%

Project Management

0.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

0.9%

Management Information Systems

0.9%

Accounting

0.9%

Computer Applications

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.7%

Masters

34.0%

Other

9.8%

Doctorate

4.5%

Certificate

2.9%

Associate

2.6%

Diploma

0.5%
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