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Working As An Embedded Systems Engineer

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

  • $92,944

    Average Salary

What Does An Embedded Systems 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 Systems 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 Systems Engineer Career Paths

Embedded Systems Engineer
Systems Engineer Senior Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Test Engineer Systems Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Test Engineer Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior System Administrator Manager, Systems Engineering
Director Of Systems Engineering
12 Yearsyrs
Principal Software Engineer Program Manager Service Director
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Lead Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Embedded Software Engineer Staff Software Engineer Chief Technology Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Principal Software Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Systems Administrator
Senior Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Engineer Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Analyst
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Research And Development Engineer Project Engineer Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Consultant
Solutions Architect
10 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Consultant Technical Project Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineer Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Principal Software Engineer Software Development Manager Director Of Software Development
Vice President Of Software Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Embedded Software Engineer Principal Software Engineer Director Of Software Development
Vice President, Software Development
11 Yearsyrs
Research And Development Engineer Engineering Manager Technical Director
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Firmware Engineer 3.3 years
Systems Engineer 3.1 years
Embedded Engineer 2.0 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 5.6%
Top Employers After
Engineer 5.3%
Consultant 4.2%
Owner 2.8%

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Embedded Systems Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

78.8%

Unknown

11.1%

Female

10.1%
Ethnicity

White

45.3%

Asian

29.5%

Hispanic or Latino

10.6%

Black or African American

8.1%

Unknown

6.5%
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Languages Spoken

Mandarin

22.2%

French

11.1%

Carrier

11.1%

Spanish

11.1%

Chinese

5.6%

Marathi

5.6%

Dutch

5.6%

Konkani

5.6%

Dari

5.6%

Hindi

5.6%

Korean

5.6%

Arabic

5.6%
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Embedded Systems Engineer Education

Schools

University of Florida

7.7%

San Jose State University

7.7%

University of Colorado at Boulder

6.6%

University of Texas at Arlington

5.5%

Drexel University

5.5%

Northeastern University

5.5%

Florida Atlantic University

4.4%

University of Washington

4.4%

Florida Institute of Technology-Melbourne

4.4%

Boston University

4.4%

Ohio State University

4.4%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.4%

Johns Hopkins University

4.4%

Lehigh University

4.4%

University of Texas at Dallas

4.4%

University of Pittsburgh -

4.4%

Texas A&M University

4.4%

University of Utah

4.4%

Purdue University

4.4%

Cornell University

4.4%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

36.9%

Computer Engineering

25.1%

Computer Science

13.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.4%

Business

3.1%

Engineering

2.3%

Computer Information Systems

1.7%

Mechanical Engineering

1.7%

Information Systems

1.4%

Physics

1.4%

Computer Engineering Technology

1.4%

Mathematics

1.1%

Finance

1.1%

Biomedical Engineering

1.1%

Mechatronics And Robotics

1.1%

Systems Engineering

0.8%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

0.8%

Aerospace Engineering

0.8%

Communication

0.8%

Management

0.6%
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Degrees

Masters

46.8%

Bachelors

33.4%

Other

8.5%

Doctorate

6.7%

Associate

2.6%

Certificate

1.8%

Diploma

0.3%
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Real Embedded Systems Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Embedded Systems Engineer Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Jun 27, 2016 $170,000
Staff Embedded Systems Engineer Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. San Jose, CA May 12, 2016 $155,000
Embedded Systems Engineer/Architect Layer3 TV, Inc. Boston, MA Jun 01, 2015 $144,500 -
$158,950
Embedded Systems Software Engineer Conexant Systems, Inc. Irvine, CA Jun 15, 2016 $135,000
Embedded Systems Engineer Increv Corporation Palo Alto, CA Sep 11, 2015 $125,004
Senior Embedded Media Systems Engineer Ak Consulting Services Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 22, 2016 $121,000
Embedded Systems Engineer Theranos, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Jun 20, 2016 $120,349 -
$155,000
Embedded Systems Engineer Itron, Inc. Oakland, CA Mar 12, 2015 $119,808
SR. Embedded Systems Engineer HCL Global Systems Inc. Mountain View, CA Sep 20, 2016 $119,752
SR. Embedded Systems Engineer HCL Global Systems Inc. Mountain View, CA Jul 29, 2015 $119,752
Embedded Systems Engineer Theranos, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Feb 13, 2015 $115,253 -
$135,000
Embedded Systems Engineer Global Software Resources Pleasanton, CA Sep 15, 2015 $115,253
Embedded Systems Software Engineer Nexteer Automotive Saginaw, MI Jan 02, 2016 $96,500
Embedded Systems Engineer Wellspring Wireless Bensalem, PA Oct 01, 2015 $96,500
Embedded Systems Engineer Mi-Jack Products, Inc. Hazel Crest, IL Dec 01, 2016 $95,100
ROV Embedded Systems Engineer Teledyne Seabotix, Inc. San Diego, CA Dec 29, 2015 $95,000
ROV Embedded Systems Engineer Teledyne Seabotix, Inc. San Diego, CA Apr 21, 2016 $95,000
Embedded Systems Engineer Ample, Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 30, 2015 $93,000
Embedded Systems Software Engineer II Audience, Inc. Mountain View, CA Apr 09, 2015 $91,857
Embedded Systems Engineer Proteus Digital Health, Inc. Redwood City, CA Oct 02, 2016 $90,041
Embedded Systems Engineer Bivacor, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 15, 2016 $79,200
Embedded System Engineer In Telli Air LLC Archie, MO Aug 16, 2016 $78,000
Embedded System Engineer Cardus, Inc. Milford, MI Sep 15, 2016 $77,605
Embedded Systems Engineer SQA Concepts Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 09, 2016 $77,000
Embedded Systems Research Engineer Ethertronics, Inc. San Diego, CA Jan 09, 2016 $75,712
Embedded Systems Engineer Danlaw, Inc. Plymouth, MI Mar 09, 2016 $75,000
Embedded Systems Engineer Duos Technologies, Inc. Jacksonville, FL Oct 20, 2016 $75,000
Embedded Systems Engineer Gauge Telematics LLC Indianapolis, IN Feb 09, 2016 $75,000

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Top Skills for An Embedded Systems Engineer

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  1. Hardware Design
  2. Firmware
  3. Device Drivers
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Participated in the Hardware design development and architectural discussions.
  • Worked with software and hardware engineers in integrating firmware control and communications.
  • Developed device drivers for embedded Linux application.
  • Configured, designed, and developed C++ project using UML and Rational Rose effective software training for U.S. Army.
  • Developed a highly versatile event-tracing tool for analyzing automobile's communication protocols on a serial CAN bus.

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