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Working As A Field Applications Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $85,651

    Average Salary

What Does A Field Applications 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 Field Applications 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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Field Applications Engineer Career Paths

Field Applications Engineer
Field Sales Engineer Regional Sales Manager Program Manager
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Product Manager Marketing Manager General Manager
Director Of Sales
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Marketing Manager
Director, Product Marketing
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Senior Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Account Executive Product Manager
Product Line Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Product Manager Senior Product Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Field Applications Engineer Senior Applications Engineer Project Manager
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Management Consultant Product Manager
Product Manager, Mobile
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Applications Engineer Product Manager
Product Marketing Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Product Manager Sales Manager
Regional Sales Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Regional Sales Manager General Manager Account Executive
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Regional Sales Manager Sales And Marketing Manager Account Manager
Senior Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Product Marketing Manager Senior Manager Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Senior Applications Engineer Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Field Sales Engineer District Sales Manager Marketing Manager
Senior Product Marketing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Sales Engineer Regional Sales Manager General Manager
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Sales Engineer Sales Manager Business Developer
Vice President, Business Development
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Staff Engineer 4.3 years
Firmware Engineer 3.3 years
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Field Applications Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

85.6%

Female

7.7%

Unknown

6.7%
Ethnicity

White

67.2%

Asian

19.8%

Hispanic or Latino

9.4%

Unknown

2.9%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Chinese

20.0%

Spanish

18.3%

Mandarin

16.5%

Japanese

7.0%

German

6.1%

French

4.3%

Carrier

4.3%

Cantonese

4.3%

Italian

3.5%

Vietnamese

2.6%

Korean

2.6%

Hindi

1.7%

Dutch

1.7%

Portuguese

1.7%

Bosnian

0.9%

Bengali

0.9%

Russian

0.9%

Tamil

0.9%

Shanghaiese

0.9%

Greek

0.9%
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Field Applications Engineer Education

Schools

San Jose State University

11.8%

Purdue University

10.4%

Northeastern University

9.0%

University of Texas at Arlington

7.1%

University of Phoenix

6.1%

University of Texas at Austin

5.7%

California State Polytechnic University - Pomona

4.2%

Portland State University

4.2%

North Carolina State University

3.8%

Texas Tech University

3.8%

Santa Clara University

3.8%

University of Houston

3.8%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

3.8%

Illinois Institute of Technology

3.8%

Northern Illinois University

3.8%

University of California - Los Angeles

3.3%

More Tech Institute

3.3%

University of Connecticut

2.8%

Arizona State University

2.8%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

2.8%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

48.4%

Business

11.8%

Computer Engineering

6.0%

Computer Science

4.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.7%

Mechanical Engineering

3.9%

Computer Information Systems

2.0%

Physics

2.0%

Management

1.7%

Project Management

1.7%

Marketing

1.7%

Computer Networking

1.7%

Engineering

1.6%

Finance

1.4%

Chemical Engineering

1.4%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.3%

Communication

1.0%

Information Systems

1.0%

Mathematics

1.0%

Information Technology

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

47.5%

Masters

30.3%

Other

13.1%

Associate

4.3%

Doctorate

2.3%

Certificate

1.6%

Diploma

0.9%
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Real Field Applications Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Field Applications Engineer, Principal Broadcom Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Oct 21, 2015 $175,000
Field Application Engineer CEVA Development Inc. Mountain View, CA Jun 20, 2016 $159,370
Field Applications Engineer Micron Semiconductor Products, Inc. Milpitas, CA Aug 13, 2015 $148,000 -
$150,000
Staff Field Applications Engineer Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation San Francisco, CA Jul 01, 2016 $145,933 -
$155,700
Principal Field Application Engineer 6Wind USA Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jun 01, 2016 $142,000 -
$150,000
Field Applications Engineer, Principal-Test Broadcom Corporation Santa Clara, CA Aug 01, 2015 $141,960
Field Applications Engineer NXP Semiconductors USA, Inc. San Jose, CA Nov 19, 2015 $141,960
Field Applications Engineer, Staff Synopsys, Inc. Mountain View, CA Nov 16, 2016 $140,000 -
$160,000
Field Applications Engineer Intel Americas Santa Clara, CA Oct 18, 2016 $137,093 -
$144,140
Lead Field Applications Engineer Atrenta Inc. San Jose, CA Jan 04, 2016 $136,000
Field Applications Engineer, Principal-S Broadcom Corporation San Jose, CA Nov 26, 2015 $135,430
Field Applications Engineer Aeroflex Wichita, Inc. Redmond, WA Jun 10, 2015 $134,867
Field Applications Engineer Aeroflex Wichita, Inc. Reston, VA Aug 31, 2015 $134,181
Field Applications Engineer Aeroflex Wichita, Inc. San Diego, CA Aug 28, 2015 $131,352
Field Application Engineer TYCO Electronics Corporation, A Te Connectivity Ltd. Company Kansas City, MO Feb 16, 2015 $110,000
Field Application Engineer & Product Marketing Embedded Data Modul Inc. Tualatin, OR Sep 12, 2015 $110,000
Field Applications Engineer Dassault Systemes Biovia Corp. Milford, MA Jul 26, 2016 $110,000
Field Application Engineer Data Modul Inc. Tualatin, OR Sep 19, 2015 $110,000
Field Application Engineer & Product Marketing Embedded Data Modul Inc. Tualatin, OR Sep 15, 2015 $110,000
Field Applications Engineer Adobe Systems Incorporated San Jose, CA Aug 12, 2015 $109,762 -
$172,776
Field Applications Engineer Atmel Corporation San Jose, CA Feb 17, 2016 $109,371
Field Application Engineer Luxshare-ICT Milpitas, CA Jan 08, 2016 $108,992
Field Application Engineer Chelsio Communications, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Sep 21, 2015 $94,500
Field Applications Engineer Adobe Systems Incorporated San Jose, CA Jul 30, 2015 $94,162 -
$172,776
Field Application Engineer TYCO Electronics Corporation High Point, NC Oct 19, 2016 $94,000
Field Applications Engineer KLA-Tencor Corporation Edina, MN Nov 16, 2016 $93,559
Field Applications Engineer KLA-Tencor Corporation Hopewell Junction, NY Aug 11, 2015 $93,538 -
$94,538
Field Applications Engineer KLA-Tencor Corporation Meridian, ID Jun 08, 2016 $93,080
Field Applications Engineer KLA-Tencor Corporation Hillsboro, OR Jan 11, 2016 $92,976 -
$98,976

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Top Skills for A Field Applications Engineer

ProductLineHardwareFAESemiconductorAnalogDevicesOEMCustomerSupportTechnicalIssuesFpgaPotentialCustomersCustomerSitesRFTechnicalTrainingCustomerRequirementsICTechnicalSalesSupportVideoProductDevelopmentPost-SalesSupportSalesRepresentatives

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Top Field Applications Engineer Skills

  1. Product Line
  2. Hardware
  3. FAE
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Entrusted with >40 product lines and became expert in micro controller, analog, and power supply design.
  • Assisted strategic customers with system design for absolute lowest power usage, hardware design, troubleshooting, and software support.
  • Produced and presented technical education Power Point presentations to the national sales team and fellow FAE's at conferences.
  • Recognized as the Automotive Design Win of the Year by ON Semiconductor.
  • Market Analysis and Marketing Development - Lead market analysis and development activities for the Anadigm Vortex programmable analog devices.

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