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Become A Firmware Developer

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Working As A Firmware Developer

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

  • $88,500

    Average Salary

What Does A Firmware Developer Do At Kforce

* Utilize structured coding techniques when developing code bases, and follow standard development practices
* Read schematics, utilize oscilloscopes, digital analyzers, and other test equipment in the development and debugging of firmware designs programming in C in a real-time embedded environment
* Analyze electrical designs to make sure it meets the firmware needs
* Minimum of Bachelors of Science in Computer Engineering, or Electrical Engineering
* Minimum 5 years of experience
* Previous experience with 16-bit microcontrollers
* C programming in a real-time embedded environment is required
* Design specifications
* Electronic control
* Reading schematics

What Does A Firmware Developer Do At Xylem

* Design, develop, document and test digital and analog hardware and support that development through prototype build and test and manufacturing release.
* Will design, document, test, integrate and debug software written in high level languages (assembly, C, C
* Visual Basic, Automation Studio etc.) Will work effectively and cooperatively with Xylem AWS customers both internal and external to resolve existing product issues and develop enhancements as required and defined by the customer and Product Management

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How To Become A Firmware 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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Firmware Developer Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    85.0%
  • Female

    11.8%
  • Unknown

    3.3%

Ethnicity

  • White

    63.4%
  • Asian

    24.0%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    8.0%
  • Unknown

    4.1%
  • Black or African American

    0.5%
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Real Firmware Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Principal Engineer, Firmware Development Microsemi Storage Solutions (U.S.), Inc. Colorado Springs, CO Jun 29, 2016 $160,333
Principal Engineer, Firmware Development PMC-Sierra Us, Inc. Colorado Springs, CO Sep 01, 2015 $154,911
Leader, Firmware Development PMC-Sierra Us, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Sep 05, 2011 $135,000 -
$150,000
Firmware Developer Mark One Lifestyle, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 21, 2014 $130,000
Firmware Developer Mark One Lifestyle, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 30, 2014 $130,000
Firmware Developer Certicom (U.S) Limited Scotts Valley, CA Oct 01, 2011 $125,000
SR. Embedded Firmware Developer Pebble Technology Corp Palo Alto, CA Aug 18, 2014 $110,094 -
$115,000
Firmware Developer Novo Engineering, Inc. Vista, CA May 10, 2016 $99,861
Firmware Developer II Immersion Corporation San Jose, CA Oct 01, 2014 $95,334
Firmware Developer Certicom (U.S.) Limited Scotts Valley, CA Sep 01, 2011 $95,000
Firmware Developer II Blackberry Corporation San Diego, CA Jun 30, 2015 $94,432
Embedded Firmware Developer GE Power Electronics Inc. Plano, TX Nov 06, 2014 $90,600
Firmware Developer Silicon Laboratories Inc. Austin, TX Jun 11, 2012 $90,000
Firmware Developer Blackberry Corporation San Diego, CA Nov 30, 2015 $89,000
Firmware Developer Novo Engineering, Inc. Vista, CA Aug 01, 2014 $88,000
Software and Firmware Developer Immersion Corporation San Jose, CA Oct 01, 2011 $85,275
Firmware Developer Silicon Laboratories Inc. Austin, TX Jun 11, 2015 $82,784 -
$99,300
Embedded Firmware Developer Omron Scientific Technologies, Inc. Fremont, CA Sep 03, 2013 $80,000
Firmware Developer Certicom (U.S.) Limited Scotts Valley, CA Aug 01, 2011 $80,000
LI Firmware Developer Research In Motion Corporation Cary, NC Sep 10, 2013 $79,456 -
$100,000
Embedded Firmware Developer Phasespace, Inc. San Leandro, CA Sep 15, 2010 $78,000
Firmware Development Enigneer SR. LSI Corporation Colorado Springs, CO Sep 18, 2009 $74,000

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Top Skills for A Firmware Developer

HardwareFirmwareDevelopmentC/C++ProtocolDeviceDriversDo-178BGuidelinesLinuxSoftwareDevelopmentWindowsAssemblyLanguageUSBPCCorpPlatformAPII2CRtosPythonKernelBios

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Top Firmware Developer Skills

  1. Hardware
  2. Firmware Development
  3. C/C++
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Supported hardware troubleshooting utilizing schematic capture tools.
  • Work included ROM firmware development, operational firmware development, UNIX device driver development, and diagnostics development.
  • Enhanced system functionality by designing and implementing C/C++ routines on Linux platform allowing control of mainframe system resources.
  • Implemented proprietary protocol over industry standard communication stacks.
  • Implemented a Linux network driver to talk to external hardware.

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