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Working As A Principal Technologist

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • $123,361

    Average Salary

What Does A Principal Technologist Do At Microsoft Corporation

* Drive definition and alignment of technology initiatives and projects with key stakeholders and teams.
* Champion and evangelize efforts of the team throughout the organization.
* Create schedules and milestones for technology initiatives and projects; Ensure teams understand goals and manage delivery through all phases of development.
* Collaborate with multi-disciplinary teams across the organization to ensure timely delivery.
* Identify risks in advance and drive the team towards successful resolution before the risks turn into fires

What Does A Principal Technologist Do At Halliburton

* Working closely with Business Development to match technical, commercial and operational capabilities to customer needs through developing a clear understanding of customer's business and technical issues and drivers.
* Ensuring effective delivery of technical sales presentations, including the development and maintenance of personal relationships to effectively sell tailored cement solutions.
* Liaising with customers on technical issues, including performance review and process improvements to better support the needs of the customer.
* Preparing tender submissions for each customer, including the deployment of new technology and processes.
* Responsible for selling, and ensuring the cementing team sells new technology and processes to maximize profitability and market share.
* Providing cementing job designs for complex isolation problems, operational expertise, and post job analysis to customers in designated area.
* Ensuring improvements identified from previous jobs are implemented and that learning is shared with the cementing team.
* Advertising success by writing, publishing and presenting case histories and industry papers.
* Collaborating with customer office based drilling and/or production engineers, tailors barrier solutions to meet their requirements and commercial expectations, considering both the price of the solution to the customer, including consideration for solutions and pricing offered by competitors.
* Performing technical investigations of irregular jobs and initiates, reviews, and closes CPIs (Correction, Prevention, Improvement) pertaining to job design and technology.
* Assisting PSL managers, using available performance metrics, to identify ways to improve materials, equipment and personnel utilization, reduce costs and increase service efficiency.
* Mentoring junior members of the cementing team, ensuring they follow their development plans.
* Independently applying advanced engineering techniques and make decisions regarding engineering problems and methods.
* Resolving important questions or to negotiate with key engineers and officials of other organizations.
* Contributing to inventions, patents, and new designs or techniques which lead to improved services to customers.
* Up to 15% travel required to customer locations to review cementing job designs

What Does A Principal Technologist Do At General Electric

* Must be a strategic and results oriented thinker, who will deliver advisory support to the larger GEHC Imaging business, while evolving and optimizing the Solutions Portfolio/Approach with clients in alignment with their business needs.
* You will help translate our client’s service line conditions, and technology infrastructure, as part of a broader effort to deliver sustainable outcomes across the healthcare enterprise.
* Understand and demonstrate sound thought processes as it relates to business cases, project prioritization, investment requests, forecasting, pricing, deal structures, and assessing strategic options.
* Strong ability to influence and work collaboratively with cross-functional teams including Regional Marketing, R&D, Manufacturing, Sourcing, Inventory Planning, Finance, Quality, Regulatory, Legal, and others.
* Serve as an effective and inspirational leader to the business.
* Take informed risk and be biased toward action.
* Partners closely with integration and analytics teams.
* Shares best practices in a consultative manner, and promotes best practice adoption.
* Partners closely with Medical Imaging Product Management and other internal business partners to define architectural solutions for new business capabilities and completes process flow analysis/redesign to support those capabilities.
* Optimizes designs for Total Cost of Ownership including implementation and operating costs, scalability, and customer experience
* Identify the organizational impacts related to a specific change in process, technology, or other project change and develop plans to deliver outcome components.
* Leverage GEHC methods, tools, and assets to design solutions for complex organizational challenges
* Design solution configurations that are technically feasible and that yield a defined outcome within the imaging service line
* Senior expert on how GEHC’s imaging technology elements can be combined to meet specific client outcome needs
* Liaison to Product Management General Managers to help inform new product development
* Manage strategy projects end-end by developing strategy frameworks, forming a hypothesis, collecting and analyzing the data to draw strategic insights for inclusion within broader enterprise outcomes objectives

What Does A Principal Technologist Do At SAIC

* Perform technology assessments for GSE modification consistent with customer budget, schedule, risk, and organizational/system constraints.
* Ensures the logical and systematic conversion of product requirements into total systems solutions that acknowledge technical, schedule, and cost constraints.
* Performs functional analysis, timeline analysis, detail trade studies, requirements allocation and interface definition studies to translate customer requirements into hardware and software or engineering specifications.
* Provides specific, detailed information for selection, implementation techniques, and tools for the most efficient solution to meet business needs, including present and future capacity requirements.
* From an information technology perspective, may be concerned with floor layout, power & cooling, data storage, infrastructure management, backup, monitoring, operating systems, directory services, identity management, access management, and automation.
* Join SAIC and grow your career in critical areas of systems integration, research and development, and space operations at the USAF Research and Development Space and Missile Operations program

What Does A Principal Technologist Do At Capgemini

* Responsible for visioning the emerging technology waves within one technology domain;
* Being abreast of changes in the technical domain by keeping track of published material, developing whitepapers and technical papers;
* Building relationships with key personalities in the technical sphere and actively participating in interest groups;
* Responsible for post engagement support in defining high level technology architecture for engagements;
* Helping sales teams with technology expertise and participating in key client meetings as “Expert”(Where relevant, architecting overall IT /networking solutions for clients);
* Pre-sales support on the technical front –attending key client meetings as an “Expert”, reviewing proposals for technical robustness
* Candidates should be flexible/willing to work across this delivery landscape which includes and not limited to Agile Applications Development, Support and Deployment

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How To Become A Principal Technologist

Because of the wide range of skills used in different computer support jobs, there are many paths into the occupation. A bachelor’s degree is required for some computer support specialist positions, but an associate’s degree or postsecondary classes may be enough for others.


Education requirements for computer support specialists vary. Computer user support specialist jobs require some computer knowledge, but not necessarily a postsecondary degree. Applicants who have taken some computer-related classes are often qualified. For computer network support specialists, many employers accept applicants with an associate’s degree, although some prefer applicants to have a bachelor’s degree.

Large software companies that provide support to business users who buy their products or services often require a bachelor’s degree. Positions that are more technical are likely to require a degree in a field such as computer science, engineering, or information science, but for others, the applicant’s field of study is less important.

To keep up with changes in technology, many computer support specialists continue their education throughout their careers.


Certification programs are generally offered by vendors or from vendor-neutral certification providers. Certification validates the knowledge of and best practices required by computer support specialists. Companies may require their computer support specialists to hold certifications in the products the companies use.


Many computer support specialists advance to other information technology positions, such as network and computer systems administrators and software developers. Some become managers in the computer support services department. Some organizations provide paths for support specialists to move into other parts of the organization, such as sales. For more information, see the profiles on network and computer systems administrators and software developers.

Important Qualities

Customer-service skills. Computer support specialists must be patient and sympathetic. They must often help people who are frustrated with the software or hardware they are trying to use.

Listening skills. Support workers must be able to understand the problems that their customers are describing and know when to ask questions to clarify the situation.

Problem-solving skills. Support workers must identify both simple and complex computer problems, analyze them, and solve them.

Speaking skills. Support workers must describe the solutions to computer problems in a way that a nontechnical person can understand.

Writing skills. Strong writing skills are useful for preparing instructions and email responses for employees and customers, as well as real-time web chat interactions.

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Principal Technologist Career Paths

Principal Technologist
Principal Consultant Solutions Architect Program Manager
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Principal Adjunct Professor Senior Software Engineer
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Human Resources Manager
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Business Developer Business Development Manager
Director Of Sales
10 Yearsyrs
Principal Substitute Teacher Adjunct Professor
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Director Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Program Manager Marketing Manager
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Program Manager General Manager Account Executive
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Field Service Technician Service Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Leader Business Analyst
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Consultant
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Service Manager Account Manager
Senior Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Director Operations Director Information Technology Project Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Consultant
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Principal Consultant Senior Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
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Principal Technologist Demographics


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  • White

  • Asian

  • Hispanic or Latino

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Chinese

  • Dakota

  • French

  • Russian

  • Portuguese

  • German

  • Czech

  • Armenian

  • Mandarin

  • Korean

  • Italian

  • Shan

  • Arabic

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Real Principal Technologist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Principal Display Technologist Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Nov 17, 2016 $240,000
Principal, Technology, Technology Strategy & Architecture Deloitte Consulting LLP New York, NY Oct 13, 2015 $188,844 -
Principal Technologist IV Nuovo Solutions LLC Greenwood Village, CO Nov 14, 2016 $180,000
Principal, Technical Lead (Data Management) Applied Predictive Technologies San Francisco, CA Jan 09, 2016 $170,000
Tech Yahoo, Paranoid, Principal Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Feb 27, 2015 $163,000 -
Principal Technical Lead Genpharm International, LLC Redwood City, CA Feb 09, 2016 $150,000
Principal Technical Lead Genpharm International, LLC Redwood City, CA Oct 01, 2015 $150,000
Principal Technical Professional KBR Technical Services, Inc. Houston, TX May 15, 2015 $146,474
Principal Technical Professional-Process KBR Technical Services, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 29, 2015 $146,474
IT Principal Boart Longyear Company Salt Lake City, UT Oct 19, 2016 $140,843
Information Technology Principal Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company Windsor, CT Jun 01, 2016 $140,400
Principal, Technical Lead (Data Management) Applied Predictive Technologies Arlington, VA Feb 05, 2015 $140,000
Principal, Technical Lead (Data Management) Applied Predictive Technologies Arlington, VA Aug 28, 2015 $140,000
Principal, Technical Lead (Data Management) Applied Predictive Technologies Arlington, VA Jun 29, 2015 $140,000
Principal Technical Professional KBR, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 01, 2015 $119,765
Technical Principal Fedex Corporate Services Collierville, TN Jun 20, 2016 $119,316 -
Principal Technical Professional KBR, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 17, 2015 $118,354
Principal Special Technology Engineer I Ledvance, LLC Wilmington, MA Sep 08, 2016 $117,733
Principal Technology Security at&T Services, Inc. Middletown, NJ Jan 11, 2015 $117,520
Principal Technology Security at&T Services, Inc. Middletown, NJ Feb 16, 2015 $116,520
Principal Member of Technical Services Verizon Communications Inc., & All Its Subsidiaries & Affiliates San Diego, CA Nov 20, 2015 $116,058
Principal Technical Liferay Architect Tandemseven, Inc. Plymouth, MA May 28, 2015 $115,000
Principal Technical Professional-Cementing Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. Houston, TX Jan 27, 2015 $108,357
Principal Technical Professional-Process KBR, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 01, 2015 $107,757
Principal Technical Professional-Process KBR, Inc. Houston, TX Jan 10, 2015 $107,757
Principal Technical Professional-Process KBR, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 14, 2016 $107,487
Principal Technical Professional-Frac/Acid Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. Denver, CO Aug 09, 2016 $107,328
Principal Special Technology Engineer I Osram Sylvania, Inc. Wilmington, MA Dec 10, 2015 $107,312
Principal Technical Professional-Process KBR, Inc. Newark, DE Dec 23, 2015 $107,150

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Top Skills for A Principal Technologist


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Top Principal Technologist Skills

  1. Infrastructure
  2. Data Collection
  3. Web
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Supported and maintained the corporate network infrastructure's core business software application systems.
  • Acted as Project Manager for emplacement cabling and testing of underground data collection gauges and recording equipment.
  • Sole writer of Web help project for CardScan's new At Your Service, contact management software.
  • Provided senior project management and modeling expertise for copper, phosphate, uranium, and molybdenum projects.
  • Analyze effectiveness of safety systems or procedures.

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