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Working As A Release Engineer

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

  • $88,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Release 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 Release 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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Release Engineer Career Paths

Release Engineer
Build-Release Engineer Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Build-Release Engineer Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Build-Release Engineer Engineer Senior Project Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Devops Engineer Linux Systems Administrator Senior System Administrator
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Building Engineer Lead Engineer Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Building Engineer Lead Engineer Engineering Manager
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Building Engineer Project Manager Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Configuration Manager Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Configuration Manager Project Manager Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Configuration Manager Program Manager Chief Information Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Release Manager Senior Project Manager Director Of Software Development
Vice President Of Software Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Release Manager Senior Project Manager Engineering Director
Research And Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Devops Engineer Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Devops Engineer Senior System Administrator
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Leader Senior Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Leader Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Engineer Business Analyst Technical Project Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Engineer Consultant Solutions Architect
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Senior Technical Consultant
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Programmer Analyst Senior Technical Consultant
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Engineer 3.3 years
Software Engineer 3.0 years
Release Engineer 3.0 years
Release Manager 2.5 years
Devops Engineer 1.9 years
Top Careers Before Release Engineer
Developer 4.2%
Engineer 3.8%
Top Careers After Release Engineer
Engineer 3.1%
Consultant 2.5%
Developer 1.5%

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Release Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

68.6%

Female

21.0%

Unknown

10.3%
Ethnicity

White

54.0%

Asian

20.7%

Hispanic or Latino

11.1%

Black or African American

8.6%

Unknown

5.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

French

26.9%

Spanish

23.1%

Arabic

11.5%

Chinese

7.7%

Japanese

7.7%

German

3.8%

Hebrew

3.8%

Mandarin

3.8%

Korean

3.8%

Cantonese

3.8%

Italian

3.8%
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Release Engineer Education

Schools

Northeastern University

10.9%

Wayne State University

10.3%

University of Phoenix

9.7%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

6.1%

Lawrence Technological University

6.1%

Michigan Technological University

5.5%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

5.5%

San Jose State University

4.8%

Oakland University

4.8%

Michigan State University

4.2%

University of Michigan - Dearborn

3.6%

Western Michigan University

3.6%

More Tech Institute

3.6%

University of Massachusetts - Boston

3.0%

University of California - Los Angeles

3.0%

Bryn Mawr College

3.0%

University of Detroit Mercy

3.0%

Kettering University

3.0%

Bellevue University

3.0%

National University

3.0%
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Majors

Computer Science

27.5%

Electrical Engineering

15.0%

Business

9.7%

Computer Engineering

8.3%

Mechanical Engineering

7.3%

Information Technology

4.3%

Engineering

4.1%

Computer Information Systems

4.0%

Computer Applications

2.7%

Project Management

2.1%

Management Information Systems

2.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.9%

Management

1.7%

Finance

1.7%

Information Systems

1.6%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.6%

Industrial Engineering

1.4%

Mathematics

1.3%

Drafting And Design

1.0%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

54.1%

Masters

25.1%

Other

11.3%

Associate

4.5%

Certificate

3.3%

Diploma

0.9%

Doctorate

0.7%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$65,000
Min 10%
$88,000
Median 50%
$88,000
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Best Paying Company
Facebook
Highest Paying City
Cupertino, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.6 years
How much does a Release Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Release Engineer in the United States is $88,578 per year or $43 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $65,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $119,000.

Real Release Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
MTS 1, Config/Release Engineer EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA Apr 18, 2016 $170,000
Mobile Release Engineer Groupon, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Oct 31, 2016 $170,000 -
$190,000
Principal Release Engineer Robin Systems, Inc. Milpitas, CA Dec 28, 2015 $164,382 -
$180,000
Release Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Dec 05, 2016 $160,000
MTS 1, Config/Release Engineer EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA Jun 08, 2015 $160,000
Release Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Jun 15, 2016 $160,000
Software Release Engineer Accedo Broadband North America, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Dec 24, 2015 $153,000
Lead Release Engineer Salesforce.com, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 09, 2015 $146,000
Release Engineer, Kernel Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Jul 12, 2015 $145,000 -
$165,000
Release Engineer, Kernel Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Aug 17, 2015 $145,000
Config/Release ENG Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA May 13, 2016 $142,376 -
$151,300
Release Engineer Salesforce.com San Francisco, CA Dec 23, 2015 $140,000
Release Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Oct 17, 2016 $140,000
Release Engineer Expedia, Inc. Bellevue, WA Jan 07, 2016 $108,053 -
$112,200
Lead Deployment/Release Engineer Reed Group Westminster, CO Apr 17, 2015 $105,165
Devops Release Engineer Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Columbus, OH Jan 07, 2016 $105,000
Lead Release Engineer ADP Technology Services, Inc. Alpharetta, GA Sep 03, 2016 $104,437 -
$121,300
Release Engineer II Diversant LLC San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2015 $104,350 -
$125,220
Lead Release Engineer Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems, Inc. Northville, MI Jan 09, 2016 $103,549
Associate Release Engineer Salesforce.com, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 20, 2016 $102,357
Psds Release Engineer General Motors Company Warren, MI Sep 21, 2015 $102,000
Lead Release Engineer Openet Telecom Inc. Reston, VA Apr 13, 2015 $86,000 -
$110,000
Configuration Release Engineer Axcelis Technologies, Inc. Beverly, MA Aug 27, 2016 $85,000
Software Release Engineer Ifactor Consulting, Inc. Tempe, AZ Aug 25, 2016 $85,000
Release Engineer 1-Web Operations Best Buy Enterprise Services, Inc. Richfield, MN Jan 05, 2015 $85,000
Release Engineer Credit Karma, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 30, 2015 $85,000 -
$105,000
Release Engineer The Mathworks, Inc. Natick, MA Aug 19, 2016 $85,000

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Top Skills for A Release Engineer

  1. Web Application
  2. ANT
  3. Continuous Integration
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  • Implemented load-balancing technologies for various client facing web applications.
  • Ported installers for 3 products from InstallAnywhere to InstallShield and significantly upgraded installer quality.
  • Led Jenkins continuous integration server installation and configuration for all GIT Repositories.
  • Facilitated triage meetings for product issues and enhancements with development team leads, product management staff, and QA.
  • Define and maintain processes and systems used for source code control, and change management and test environments.

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