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Working As A Configuration Engineer

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

  • $110,460

    Average Salary

What Does A Configuration 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 Configuration 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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Configuration Engineer Career Paths

Configuration Engineer
Configuration Manager Analyst Senior Systems Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Release Engineer Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Engineer Senior Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Lead Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Devops Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Technical Analyst
Lead Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Release Manager Information Technology Consultant Senior System Administrator
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Software Engineer
Principal Software Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Build-Release Engineer Release Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Devops Engineer Architect Subject Matter Expert
Quality Assurance Lead
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Quality Assurance Lead
Quality Assurance Team Leader
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Senior ETL Developer
5 Yearsyrs
Engineer Systems Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Senior Java Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager President Data Analyst
Senior Programmer Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Leader Business Analyst
Senior Quality Assurance Analyst
6 Yearsyrs
Release Engineer Building Engineer Software Engineer
Senior Quality Assurance Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Analyst Quality Assurance Analyst
Senior Quality Assurance Tester
6 Yearsyrs
Build-Release Engineer Engineer Systems Engineer
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Configuration Manager Business Analyst Senior Systems Analyst
Systems Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Release Manager Technical Project Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Software Engineer Director Of Software Development
Vice President, Software Development
11 Yearsyrs
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Configuration Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

76.7%

Female

20.7%

Unknown

2.6%
Ethnicity

White

65.7%

Asian

18.5%

Hispanic or Latino

9.7%

Unknown

5.2%

Black or African American

0.9%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

43.8%

German

12.5%

Russian

12.5%

Sami

6.3%

Hawaiian

6.3%

Cantonese

6.3%

Mandarin

6.3%

Hindi

6.3%
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Configuration Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.5%

San Diego State University

8.8%

University of Washington

7.0%

University of Texas at Arlington

5.3%

University of Florida

5.3%

Arizona State University

5.3%

University of South Carolina - Columbia

5.3%

Golden West College

5.3%

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

5.3%

Regis University

5.3%

Illinois Central College

5.3%

ITT Technical Institute-San Bernardino

3.5%

University of the District of Columbia

3.5%

San Jose State University

3.5%

Georgia Southern University

3.5%

University of Kentucky

3.5%

University of Tulsa

3.5%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.5%

University of Alabama

3.5%

Norfolk State University

3.5%
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Majors

Computer Science

15.6%

Electrical Engineering

12.3%

Business

10.9%

Mechanical Engineering

9.0%

Computer Information Systems

8.5%

Engineering

4.7%

Project Management

4.7%

Computer Engineering

4.7%

Information Technology

4.3%

Finance

3.8%

Information Systems

3.3%

Mathematics

2.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.8%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.9%

Management Information Systems

1.9%

Computer Networking

1.9%

Industrial Engineering

1.9%

Civil Engineering

1.9%

Management

1.4%

Psychology

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.8%

Masters

25.2%

Other

16.9%

Associate

9.3%

Certificate

3.8%

Doctorate

0.7%

Diploma

0.3%
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Real Configuration Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Vendavo Configuration Engineer III Experis Us, Inc. Coppell, TX Oct 21, 2014 $183,656 -
$229,570
Vendavo Configuration Engineer V Experis Us, Inc. Coppell, TX Oct 24, 2013 $183,656 -
$229,570
Configuration Engineer Tidemark Systems Inc. Redwood City, CA Apr 18, 2014 $160,000
Claimcenter Integration/Configuration Engineers Stratus Technology Services LLC Chicago, IL Nov 04, 2016 $135,000
Senior Configuration Engineer Verisk Health, Inc. Waltham, MA Feb 15, 2016 $135,000 -
$140,000
Configuration Engineer Servicesource Delaware, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 06, 2014 $125,000
Software Configuration Engineer Crystal Equation Corporation Atlanta, GA Jan 14, 2014 $124,800
Configuration Engineer Vendavo Inc. Mountain View, CA Mar 17, 2015 $123,441
Configuration Engineer Vendavo Inc. Mountain View, CA Jan 15, 2015 $123,441
Software Configuration Engineer Crystal Equation Corporation Atlanta, GA Jan 07, 2013 $122,400
Engineer, Principal-Configuration/Release Broadcom Corporation San Diego, CA Aug 04, 2016 $122,133
Senior Configuration Engineer Accelrys Software, Inc. San Ramon, CA Sep 26, 2013 $120,000
Configuration Engineer Vendavo, Inc. Mountain View, CA May 23, 2014 $118,450
Configuration Engineer Abbott Laboratories Hollywood, FL Aug 27, 2016 $106,784
Software Configuration Engineer Formac Inc. Beaverton, OR Aug 19, 2016 $106,160
Configuration Engineer Advisor Anthem, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Mar 06, 2016 $102,600 -
$115,574
Senior Configuration Engineer DEX One Service, Inc. TX Apr 28, 2014 $102,000
Software Configuration Engineer Formac Inc. Dublin, CA Aug 31, 2016 $100,360
Vendavo Configuration Engineer III Experis Us, Inc. Austin, TX Sep 28, 2013 $100,176 -
$125,220
Configuration Engineer II Apttus Corporation San Mateo, CA Aug 15, 2016 $96,866 -
$117,600
Configuration Engineer Metricstream, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Sep 09, 2015 $88,254
Software Configuration Engineer Crowd Software Consulting LLC Irving, TX Dec 22, 2016 $87,700 -
$97,000
IP Mpls Configuration Engineer Glow Networks, Inc. Richardson, TX May 16, 2014 $87,571
Configuration Engineer PVK Corporation Herndon, VA Jun 02, 2015 $87,422
Configuration Engineer Senior Anthem, Inc. Deerfield, IL Feb 29, 2016 $87,027 -
$117,000
Software Configuration Engineer IBM India Private Limited San Francisco, CA May 13, 2016 $85,634
Configuration Engineer Senior American Imaging Management, Inc. Deerfield, IL Aug 25, 2014 $85,072 -
$120,004
Configuration Engineer Vendavo, Inc. Chicago, IL Feb 18, 2013 $85,000

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Top Skills for A Configuration Engineer

ApplicationServersConfigurationManagementWindowsXPWebApplicationsQAContinuousIntegrationDesignDevelopmentPlatformsSQLANTUnixSourceCodeMavenLinuxPerlClearQuestSVNJiraUATBOMSCM

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Top Configuration Engineer Skills

  1. Application Servers
  2. Configuration Management
  3. Windows XP
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed installer scripts using Ant, Python and UNIX for various products to be hosted on Application Servers.
  • Joined a newly created Configuration Management group to consolidate data center resources and upgrade a dated but burgeoning LPL applications portfolio.
  • Used Ansible to manage Web applications, Environments configuration Files, Users, Mount points and Packages.
  • Work with developers, QA and engineers to develop and implement new software deployment procedures for application releases and patches.
  • Documented Build process, branching strategy and continuous integration design and setup along with deployment instructions for QA.

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