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Working As An Embedded Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Getting Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $79,657

    Average Salary

What Does An Embedded 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 Embedded 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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Embedded Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

82.6%

Female

14.6%

Unknown

2.8%
Ethnicity

White

43.7%

Asian

30.9%

Hispanic or Latino

11.7%

Black or African American

8.9%

Unknown

4.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Mandarin

50.0%

Spanish

50.0%

Embedded Engineer Education

Schools

University of Texas at Arlington

12.0%

University of Wisconsin Extension

8.0%

University of Houston

6.0%

University of Washington

6.0%

San Jose State University

6.0%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

6.0%

Wright State University

4.0%

Oakland University

4.0%

Santa Clara University

4.0%

More Tech Institute

4.0%

University of Wisconsin - Platteville

4.0%

Arizona State University

4.0%

University of Delaware

4.0%

Brigham Young University

4.0%

Oklahoma State University

4.0%

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

4.0%

Pennsylvania State University

4.0%

State University of New York Stony Brook

4.0%

Colorado Technical University

4.0%

University of Southern California

4.0%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

46.5%

Computer Engineering

13.5%

Computer Science

13.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

5.3%

Computer Networking

4.1%

Business

2.4%

Mechanical Engineering

1.8%

Project Management

1.8%

Engineering Technology

1.2%

Computer Information Systems

1.2%

Computer Technical Support

1.2%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.2%

Computer Engineering Technology

1.2%

Engineering

1.2%

Electromechanical Instrumentation And Maintenance Technologies/Technicians

1.2%

Systems Engineering

0.6%

Management

0.6%

Music

0.6%

Engineering Physics

0.6%

Biomedical Engineering

0.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.9%

Masters

42.2%

Other

8.6%

Doctorate

1.6%

Certificate

1.1%

Diploma

0.5%
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Real Embedded Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Staff Embedded Engineer SONY Electronics, Inc. San Jose, CA Dec 08, 2016 $140,979
IOS Embedded Bring Up Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jul 03, 2015 $132,038 -
$145,000
Embedded Engineer Robert Bosch LLC Palo Alto, CA Oct 21, 2015 $130,000
Embedded Engineer Robert Bosch Start-Up Platform North America LLC Redwood City, CA Jan 01, 2016 $130,000
IOS Embedded Bring Up Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Apr 27, 2015 $125,000 -
$145,000
Embedded Engineer Revivermx, Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 01, 2015 $120,000
Embedded IOS Bring Up Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Aug 03, 2015 $120,000 -
$140,000
Embedded Sensor Engineer Placemeter, Inc. New York, NY Aug 15, 2016 $115,000 -
$130,000
Embedded Engineer Active Safety Delphi Corporation Mountain View, CA Aug 31, 2016 $109,658
Embedded Engineer Calsoft Labs, Inc. Mountain View, CA Jul 02, 2015 $106,500
Embedded Engineer Calsoft Labs, Inc. Mountain View, CA Oct 01, 2015 $106,500
Embedded Engineer Einfochips, Inc. Irvine, CA Mar 09, 2016 $104,291
Embedded Engineer Teledyne Seabotix, Inc. San Diego, CA Feb 10, 2015 $89,191 -
$90,000
Embedded Engineer Dew Software, Inc. New York, NY Jun 08, 2015 $88,088
Embedded Engineer Volansys LLC Santa Clara, CA Nov 12, 2015 $87,422
Engineer III-Embedded Echostar Technologies LLC Englewood, CO Sep 06, 2015 $87,214 -
$103,250
Embedded Engineer Volansys LLC Santa Clara, CA Sep 18, 2015 $87,090
Embedded Engineer Fours Consulting Inc. Burr Ridge, IL Jul 16, 2015 $85,000
Embedded Engineer Volansys LLC Hudson, NH Sep 18, 2015 $84,510
Engineer-Embedded Hughes Network Systems LLC Germantown, MD Nov 19, 2016 $70,200
Engineer-Embedded Echostar Data Networks Germantown, MD Oct 02, 2016 $70,013 -
$90,687
Engineer-Embedded Echostar Data Networks Germantown, MD Feb 10, 2016 $70,013 -
$90,687
Engineer II Embedded Echostar Technologies LLC Englewood, CO Sep 09, 2015 $67,912 -
$82,846
Engineer II-Embedded Echostar Data Networks Atlanta, GA Sep 02, 2015 $67,850 -
$83,345
Engineer II-Embedded Echostar Data Networks Atlanta, GA Feb 09, 2015 $67,850 -
$83,345

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Top Skills for An Embedded Engineer

  1. Software Development
  2. Computer
  3. Firmware
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  • Created management buy-in, led hardware and software development, and coordinated sales and marketing efforts.
  • Tested computer system components, assemblies and subsystems to ensure compliance with design requirements.
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  • Created Digital Manifold - PIC16F877 Used in automotive re-cycling of refrigerants in automotive air-conditioning systems.
  • Involved in developing software interfacing modules for automotive communication protocols such as CAN and FlexRay.

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