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Working As An Embedded Software Developer

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

  • $81,942

    Average Salary

What Does An Embedded Software Developer 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 Software Developer

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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Average Length of Employment
Firmware Developer 3.3 years
Firmware Engineer 3.3 years
Software Developer 2.6 years
Developer 2.2 years
Embedded Engineer 2.0 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 4.2%
Consultant 2.8%
Top Employers After
Developer 2.2%

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Embedded Software Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

83.7%

Female

11.3%

Unknown

5.0%
Ethnicity

White

43.1%

Asian

28.7%

Hispanic or Latino

12.6%

Black or African American

7.9%

Unknown

7.7%
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Languages Spoken

Korean

25.0%

Chinese

12.5%

German

12.5%

Japanese

12.5%

Czech

12.5%

Hindi

12.5%

Spanish

12.5%
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Embedded Software Developer Education

Schools

University of Texas at Arlington

15.5%

Illinois Institute of Technology

12.1%

University of Colorado at Boulder

6.9%

More Tech Institute

6.9%

Wright State University

5.2%

Wayne State University

5.2%

University of Washington

5.2%

Bradley University

5.2%

San Francisco State University

5.2%

Syracuse University

3.4%

Southern Methodist University

3.4%

Boston University

3.4%

University of California - San Diego

3.4%

Cleveland Institute of Electronics

3.4%

Drexel University

3.4%

University of Southern California

3.4%

Purdue University

3.4%

Rice University

1.7%

University of Connecticut

1.7%

University of Florida

1.7%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

34.2%

Computer Science

23.9%

Computer Engineering

20.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.8%

Engineering

3.3%

Business

2.2%

Computer Information Systems

1.6%

Systems Engineering

1.1%

Mathematics

1.1%

Biology

1.1%

Computer Systems Security

1.1%

Computer Applications

1.1%

Computer Networking

1.1%

Public Health

0.5%

Management Information Systems

0.5%

Project Management

0.5%

Educational Technology

0.5%

Fine Arts

0.5%

Environmental Science

0.5%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

0.5%
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Degrees

Masters

42.5%

Bachelors

38.3%

Other

13.0%

Doctorate

3.1%

Certificate

1.6%

Diploma

1.0%

Associate

0.5%
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Real Embedded Software Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Embedded Software Developer Fortinet, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Sep 08, 2016 $164,382
Embedded Developer Pebble Technology Corp Redwood City, CA Apr 30, 2016 $154,000
Staff Embedded Software Developer Fortinet, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jan 09, 2016 $143,000
Embedded Platform Developer Magic Leap, Inc. Mountain View, CA Oct 17, 2016 $135,000
Wise Embedded Security Software Developer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Oct 05, 2015 $135,000 -
$155,000
Staff Embedded Software Developer Fortinet, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 09, 2016 $123,600
Embedded Software Developer Fortinet, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Sep 08, 2016 $120,349
Embedded Software Developer Arm, Inc. Austin, TX Aug 06, 2016 $120,000
Embedded Software Developer Fortinet, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jul 12, 2015 $117,000
Embedded Software Architect & Developer 3 (Automotive Audio) Bose Corporation Stow, MA Jan 08, 2016 $116,500
Embedded Software Developer Fortinet, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Oct 23, 2015 $115,253
Embedded Software Developer-Quality Assurance Ford Motor Company Dearborn, MI Oct 17, 2016 $77,340 -
$129,540
Embedded Software Developer-Quality Assurance Ford Motor Company Dearborn, MI Oct 31, 2016 $77,340 -
$129,540
Embedded Software Developer Quality Assurance Ford Motor Company Dearborn, MI Aug 29, 2016 $77,340 -
$129,540
Embedded Software Developer Infotainment-Middleware Ford Motor Company Dearborn, MI Aug 29, 2016 $77,340 -
$129,540
Software Developer-Embedded Systems Software L&T Technology Services Limited Lake Forest, CA Feb 12, 2016 $77,000 -
$87,000
Software Developer-Embedded Systems Software L&T Technology Services Limited CA Mar 08, 2016 $77,000 -
$87,000
Software Developer, Embedded Systems Simuquest, Inc. Ann Arbor, MI Sep 02, 2015 $75,000
Embedded Software Developer Technodrive Business Solutions, Inc. Germantown, WI Sep 16, 2016 $64,459
Embedded Software Developer Technodrive Business Solutions, Inc. Milwaukee, WI Sep 16, 2016 $64,459
Embedded Software Developer Technodrive Business Solutions, Inc. Waukesha, WI Feb 25, 2016 $64,459
Embedded Software Developer Technodrive Business Solutions, Inc. Warren, MI Jan 10, 2016 $64,251
Embedded Software Developer Technodrive Business Solutions, Inc. Novi, MI Sep 23, 2016 $64,085
Embedded Software Developer Technodrive Business Solutions, Inc. Novi, MI Sep 09, 2016 $64,085
Embedded Software Developer Technodrive Business Solutions, Inc. Shelby, MI Dec 08, 2016 $64,085
Embedded Software Developer Technodrive Business Solutions, Inc. Troy, MI Dec 08, 2016 $64,085

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Top Skills for An Embedded Software Developer

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  1. Computer
  2. Linux
  3. Device Drivers
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed new and successfully ported existing software to Embedded Linux-based systems.
  • Developed and verified code stubs for device drivers to implement various tests for factory building.
  • Implemented a Microsoft-specified read-only file system for performance testing against third-party implementations.
  • Developed user-friendly software for testing, verification, tuning and controlling all parameters of developed firmware for embedded devices.
  • Manage a team of 8 in Chennai, India for Software development and verification from HCL technologies.

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