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Working As An Embedded Software Engineer

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

  • $94,563

    Average Salary

What Does An Embedded Software 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 Software 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 Software Engineer Career Paths

Embedded Software Engineer
Firmware Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Application Engineer Senior Engineer Senior System Administrator
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Systems Administrator
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Principal Software Engineer Software Development Manager
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Manager, Systems Engineering
Director Of Systems Engineering
12 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer-Consultant Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Principal Software Engineer Principal Engineer Program Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Firmware Engineer Systems Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Software Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Principal Software Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Software Systems Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Engineer Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Systems Manager Information Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Software Engineer
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Application Engineer Project Manager Technical Project Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineer Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Development Manager Director Of Software Development
Vice President Of Software Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer-Consultant Principal Software Engineer Director Of Software Development
Vice President, Software Development
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Firmware Engineer 3.3 years
Engineer 3.2 years
Software Engineer 3.2 years
Systems Engineer 3.2 years
Firmware Developer 3.1 years
Embedded Engineer 1.9 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 4.1%
Top Employers After
Engineer 2.3%

Embedded Software Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

78.2%

Female

13.7%

Unknown

8.1%
Ethnicity

White

59.3%

Asian

29.0%

Hispanic or Latino

6.7%

Unknown

3.9%

Black or African American

1.1%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

25.0%

Chinese

15.9%

French

11.4%

German

9.1%

Mandarin

6.8%

Korean

6.8%

Carrier

4.5%

Russian

4.5%

Hebrew

2.3%

Bosnian

2.3%

Serbian

2.3%

Japanese

2.3%

Hindi

2.3%

Arabic

2.3%

Croatian

2.3%
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Embedded Software Engineer Education

Schools

Georgia Institute of Technology -

9.9%

University of Florida

7.2%

University of Southern California

6.7%

Rochester Institute of Technology

6.3%

University of Texas at Arlington

5.4%

University of Colorado at Boulder

5.4%

Purdue University

5.4%

Arizona State University

4.9%

Syracuse University

4.5%

University of Texas at Dallas

4.5%

University of Washington

4.5%

George Mason University

4.5%

University of South Florida

4.0%

Florida Institute of Technology-Melbourne

4.0%

Pennsylvania State University

4.0%

Northeastern University

4.0%

Illinois Institute of Technology

4.0%

University of Connecticut

3.6%

University of California - San Diego

3.6%

University of Houston

3.6%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

32.5%

Computer Science

23.6%

Computer Engineering

21.4%

Business

4.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.9%

Physics

1.8%

Computer Information Systems

1.7%

Engineering

1.7%

Management

1.6%

Systems Engineering

1.3%

Mathematics

1.1%

Computer Networking

1.1%

Biomedical Engineering

0.9%

Information Systems

0.9%

Mechanical Engineering

0.9%

Computer Applications

0.7%

Engineering And Industrial Management

0.7%

Aerospace Engineering

0.6%

Communication

0.6%

Information Sciences

0.4%
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Degrees

Masters

43.6%

Bachelors

41.3%

Other

7.9%

Doctorate

4.5%

Certificate

1.1%

Associate

1.0%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.1%
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Real Embedded Software Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Lead Embedded Software Engineer Magic Leap, Inc. Mountain View, CA Nov 21, 2016 $175,000
Lead Embedded Software Engineer Magic Leap, Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 01, 2015 $175,000
*Staff Embedded SW DEV. Engineer/Wlan Validation Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. San Jose, CA Oct 19, 2016 $157,477 -
$171,500
Embedded Software Engineer Smallhd, LLC Cary, NC Sep 20, 2016 $155,000
Embedded Android Applications Software Engineer Heptagon USA, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Dec 15, 2016 $150,000
Embedded SW Engineer S&D Engineering Solutions LLC San Jose, CA Sep 23, 2016 $150,000
Staff Embedded Software Engineer Invensense, Inc. San Jose, CA Jun 20, 2016 $150,000
Embedded Software Engineer Calsoft Labs Inc. Santa Clara, CA Nov 18, 2015 $148,803
Music Embedded SW Engineer Logitech, Inc. Newark, CA Jul 11, 2016 $143,645
Staff Embedded Software Engineer (Software Develop Psikick, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jan 10, 2016 $142,938 -
$175,000
Staff Embedded Software Engineer (Software Develop Psikick, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Oct 01, 2016 $142,938 -
$175,000
Embedded Software Engineer Einfochips, Inc. North Canton, OH Jul 29, 2016 $100,838
Embedded Software Engineer Silvus Technologies, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 06, 2016 $100,672
Staff Embedded Software Engineer SONY Electronics, Inc. San Diego, CA Jan 17, 2016 $100,296
Embedded Software Engineer Niftek Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Apr 01, 2016 $100,277
Powertrain Embedded Software Engineer FCA Us LLC Auburn Hills, MI Nov 16, 2015 $100,080
Powertrain Embedded Software Engineer FCA Us LLC Auburn Hills, MI Feb 09, 2015 $100,008
Embedded Software Engineer Altschool San Francisco, CA Jan 19, 2016 $100,006
Embedded Software Engineer, MTS Lead Hughes Network Systems, LLC Germantown, MD Jun 30, 2016 $86,986
Embedded Software Engineer Rockwell Automation, Inc. Mequon, WI Jan 09, 2016 $86,445
Embedded Software Engineer and Tester L and T Technology Services Limited Santa Clara, CA Jan 14, 2016 $86,000 -
$96,000
Embedded Software Engineer Principle Solutions Group, LLC Houston, TX Aug 08, 2016 $85,862
Embedded Software Engineer Principle Solutions Group, LLC Houston, TX Aug 15, 2016 $85,862
Embedded Software Engineer RGB Systems Anaheim, CA Sep 18, 2016 $85,500
Powertrain Embedded Software Engineer FCA Us LLC Auburn Hills, MI Apr 14, 2016 $85,500
Embedded Software Engineer, Controls Solectria Renewables LLC. Lawrence, MA Aug 28, 2015 $85,426 -
$125,590

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Top Skills for An Embedded Software Engineer

HardwareLinuxDeviceDriversFirmwareSoftwareDevelopmentRtosWindowsAssemblyLanguageVxworksEthernetUserInterfaceGUII2CSPII/ODSPPCMatlabUnixSoftwareDesign

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Top Embedded Software Engineer Skills

  1. Hardware
  2. Linux
  3. Device Drivers
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Worked with hardware engineers and recommended design improvements for the new board designs.
  • Designed and Developed timer library on Linux platform to handle different user defined events at desired time intervals.
  • Developed board device drivers for redundancy status/configuration registers.
  • Assist in documentation of firmware/communication protocol for various products.
  • Provided build procedures, design documentation, and scheduling estimates for software development.

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