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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

  • $87,000

    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
Build-Release Engineer Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Build-Release Engineer Engineer Engineering Manager
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Build-Release Engineer Engineer Senior Project Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Devops Engineer Linux Systems Administrator Senior System Administrator
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Devops Engineer Senior System Administrator Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Devops Engineer Senior System Administrator Information Technology Project Manager
Enterprise Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Network Engineer Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Project Manager Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Project Manager Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Senior Software Engineer Chief Technology Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Senior Programmer Analyst Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Consultant Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Manager Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Senior Project Manager Director Of Software Development
Vice President Of Software Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Project Manager Technical Project Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Project Leader Manager Applications Development
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Programmer Analyst Senior Technical Consultant
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Software Engineer 3.0 years
Release Engineer 2.6 years
Devops Engineer 1.9 years
Top Careers Before Configuration Engineer
Engineer 7.2%
Consultant 5.5%
Top Careers After Configuration Engineer
Engineer 6.9%
Architect 4.3%
Consultant 3.7%

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Average Yearly Salary
$87,000
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$65,000
Min 10%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$117,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Apple
Highest Paying City
Mountain View, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.6 years
How much does a Configuration Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Configuration Engineer in the United States is $87,679 per year or $42 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $65,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $117,000.

Real Configuration Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Vendavo Configuration Engineer V Experis Us, Inc. Coppell, TX Oct 24, 2013 $183,656 -
$229,570
Vendavo Configuration Engineer III Experis Us, Inc. Coppell, TX Oct 21, 2014 $183,656 -
$229,570
Configuration Engineer Tidemark Systems Inc. Redwood City, CA Apr 18, 2014 $160,000
Senior Configuration Engineer Verisk Health, Inc. Waltham, MA Feb 15, 2016 $135,000 -
$140,000
Claimcenter Integration/Configuration Engineers Stratus Technology Services LLC Chicago, IL Nov 04, 2016 $135,000
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 Jan 15, 2015 $123,441
Configuration Engineer Vendavo Inc. Mountain View, CA Mar 17, 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 Metricstream, Inc. San Antonio, TX Aug 15, 2015 $85,000

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Top Skills for A Configuration Engineer

  1. Web Application
  2. Configuration Management Issues
  3. Windows XP
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed and implemented the software release management for the release of web applications.
  • Support Lead developers with Configuration Management issues.
  • Managed delivery of quarterly software escrow deposits, including assembly and packaging of all banking application source code and documentation.
  • Documented Build process, branching strategy and continuous integration design and setup along with deployment instructions for QA.
  • Configure multiple QA and development environments.

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Top 10 Best States for Configuration Engineers

  1. Washington
  2. California
  3. Virginia
  4. New Hampshire
  5. Texas
  6. New York
  7. Massachusetts
  8. Illinois
  9. Colorado
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Configuration Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

73.2%

Female

19.8%

Unknown

7.0%
Ethnicity

White

53.6%

Asian

16.2%

Hispanic or Latino

14.4%

Black or African American

9.7%

Unknown

6.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

41.2%

Sami

5.9%

Hawaiian

5.9%

German

5.9%

Cantonese

5.9%

Japanese

5.9%

French

5.9%

Mandarin

5.9%

Hindi

5.9%

Russian

5.9%

Arabic

5.9%
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Configuration Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.7%

San Diego State University

6.5%

University of Washington

6.5%

University of Texas at Arlington

5.2%

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

5.2%

California State University - East Bay

5.2%

San Jose State University

5.2%

Purdue University

5.2%

More Tech Institute

5.2%

University of Texas at Austin

5.2%

University of Florida

3.9%

University of Maryland - University College

3.9%

Arizona State University

3.9%

University of South Carolina - Columbia

3.9%

Golden West College

3.9%

University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth

3.9%

Regis University

3.9%

Texas A&M University

3.9%

Northeastern University

3.9%

Illinois Central College

3.9%
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Majors

Computer Science

15.7%

Electrical Engineering

13.8%

Mechanical Engineering

10.2%

Business

9.8%

Computer Information Systems

8.3%

Computer Engineering

5.5%

Engineering

5.5%

Information Technology

4.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.0%

Project Management

3.7%

Information Systems

3.1%

Computer Networking

2.5%

Finance

2.2%

Mathematics

1.8%

Computer Technical Support

1.5%

Management

1.5%

Management Information Systems

1.5%

Communication

1.5%

Industrial Engineering

1.5%

Education

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

48.6%

Masters

22.9%

Other

15.4%

Associate

8.7%

Certificate

2.7%

Diploma

1.1%

Doctorate

0.7%
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