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Working As A Build-Release Engineer

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

  • $88,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Build-Release 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 A Build-Release 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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Build-Release Engineer Career Paths

Build-Release Engineer
Engineer Consultant Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Director
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Engineer Project Engineer Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Configuration Manager Project Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Configuration Manager Project Manager Information Technology Director
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Configuration Manager Release Manager Senior Project Manager
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Linux Systems Administrator Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Devops Engineer Linux Systems Administrator Senior System Administrator
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Operations Engineer Consultant Senior Engineer
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Operations Engineer Consultant Senior Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Engineer Owner Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Administrator Account Manager Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Administrator Adjunct Professor Senior Scientist
Research And Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Administrator Manager Information Technology Manager
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Configuration Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Linux Systems Administrator Senior System Administrator Information Technology Director
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Automation Engineer Quality Assurance Lead Technical Project Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Release Engineer
9 Yearsyrs
Automation Engineer Senior Software Engineer Senior Technical Consultant
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Technical Consultant
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Engineer 3.3 years
Release Engineer 2.6 years
Release Manager 2.5 years
Devops Engineer 1.9 years
Linux Engineer 1.7 years
Top Careers Before Build-Release Engineer
Engineer 1.6%
Top Careers After Build-Release Engineer
Engineer 4.4%
Consultant 1.2%
Chef 0.7%

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Build-Release Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

65.2%

Female

19.0%

Unknown

15.8%
Ethnicity

White

50.6%

Asian

25.6%

Hispanic or Latino

9.5%

Black or African American

9.4%

Unknown

4.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Norwegian

20.0%

Arabic

20.0%

Spanish

20.0%

Japanese

20.0%

Hebrew

20.0%
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Build-Release Engineer Education

Schools

University of Central Missouri

10.6%

More Tech Institute

9.4%

Northwestern Polytechnic University

8.1%

Texas A&M University

7.5%

San Jose State University

6.3%

University of Bridgeport

6.3%

University of Texas at Arlington

5.0%

Bryn Mawr College

5.0%

Kent State University

4.4%

National University

3.8%

University of New Haven

3.8%

California State University - East Bay

3.8%

New York Institute of Technology - Manhattan Campus

3.8%

Northern Illinois University

3.8%

University of Houston

3.1%

Santa Clara University

3.1%

State University of New York Buffalo

3.1%

University of California - Berkeley

3.1%

University of Texas at Dallas

3.1%

University of Phoenix

3.1%
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Majors

Computer Science

41.8%

Electrical Engineering

17.4%

Computer Engineering

9.3%

Information Technology

7.4%

Engineering

5.0%

Computer Applications

3.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.9%

Computer Information Systems

2.1%

Business

1.9%

Information Systems

1.5%

Mechanical Engineering

1.3%

Mathematics

1.1%

Management

0.9%

Management Information Systems

0.8%

Computer Networking

0.8%

Civil Engineering

0.6%

Education

0.5%

Computer Systems Security

0.4%

Precision Metal Working

0.4%

Information Sciences

0.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

68.0%

Masters

22.2%

Other

7.8%

Associate

0.9%

Certificate

0.7%

Diploma

0.3%

Doctorate

0.1%
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
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How much does a Build-Release Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Build-Release Engineer in the United States is $88,399 per year or $43 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $65,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $119,000.

Real Build-Release Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Build and Release Engineer Trifacta, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 23, 2016 $165,000 -
$180,000
SR. Build/Release Engineer Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Oct 19, 2016 $164,382
Staff Build & Release Engineer MacHine Zone, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Nov 17, 2016 $163,363 -
$200,000
Senior Build and Release Engineer Latitude 36, Inc. Pleasanton, CA Jun 28, 2015 $162,786
Principal Engineer-Build & Release Engineering Athoc, Inc. San Mateo, CA Nov 30, 2015 $160,000
Build and Release Engineer Cloudera Palo Alto, CA Sep 06, 2016 $157,477
Senior Build/Release Engineer Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Feb 03, 2016 $145,000
Staff Software Build and Release Engineer General Electric Company San Ramon, CA Feb 02, 2016 $145,000 -
$155,000
Build and Release Engineer Clover Network, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Dec 29, 2016 $145,000
Build and Release Engineer Clover Network, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Feb 15, 2016 $145,000
TFS Developer/Administrator, Build & Release Engineer First Republic Bank San Francisco, CA May 05, 2016 $140,000
Senior Build Release Engineer Gopro Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 05, 2015 $140,000
Build/Release Engineer Juniper Networks Sunnyvale, CA Sep 12, 2016 $138,568
Build and Release Engineer Icontrol Networks, Inc. Redwood City, CA Jul 07, 2016 $138,362
Build & Release Engineer Akraya Inc. San Jose, CA Nov 22, 2016 $102,149
Build Release Engineer Info Services, LLC San Jose, CA Oct 26, 2015 $100,500
Build and Release Engineer Formac Inc. Lake Oswego, OR Sep 20, 2016 $100,360
SR. Build & Release Engineer Formac Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 27, 2016 $100,360
Build and Release Engineer Intelliswift Software, Inc. Newark, CA Nov 16, 2016 $100,360 -
$110,360
Build and Release Engineer Formac Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 12, 2016 $100,360
Build & Release Engineer Akraya Inc. San Jose, CA May 04, 2016 $100,000
Build and Release Engineer Clearslide, Inc. Fremont, CA Jan 09, 2016 $79,498 -
$100,360
Build & Release Engineer USM Business Systems, Inc. Denver, CO Jan 06, 2016 $78,500
Build and Release Engineer USM Business Systems, Inc. Charlotte, NC Jul 30, 2015 $78,000
Build and Release Engineer USM Business Systems, Inc. Salem, OR Apr 07, 2015 $78,000
Build and Release Engineer Galaxy I Technologies, Inc. New York, NY Aug 24, 2015 $76,000
Build and Release Engineer (Software Configuration Engineer) Galaxy I Technologies, Inc. Washington, DC Jul 09, 2016 $76,000
Software Build and Release Engineer Itiyam LLC Atlanta, GA Apr 18, 2016 $75,325
Build and Release Engineer Satnam Data Systems Inc. Somerset, NJ Aug 01, 2015 $75,000

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Top Skills for A Build-Release Engineer

  1. Web Application
  2. Maven
  3. Continuous Integration Environment
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Installed and configured web application locally on workstation for development and testing.
  • Maintained and executed build scripts using Maven by coordinating with development and quality assurance teams.
  • Maintained and enhanced the Continuous Integration environment on a real time basis, monitoring builds, maintaining configuration and developing automation.
  • Analyze and resolve compilation and deployment errors related to code development, branching, merging and building of source code.
  • Set up Jenkins server and build jobs to provide continuous automated builds based on polling the GIT.

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