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Working As A Requirements Engineer

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

  • $87,423

    Average Salary

What Does A Requirements 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 Requirements 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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Requirements Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

63.2%

Female

34.6%

Unknown

2.2%
Ethnicity

White

58.8%

Black or African American

12.9%

Asian

12.8%

Hispanic or Latino

10.2%

Unknown

5.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

66.7%

Hindi

33.3%

Requirements Engineer Education

Schools

Johns Hopkins University

10.0%

Wayne State University

8.0%

University of Central Florida

6.0%

University of California - Los Angeles

6.0%

Webster University

6.0%

George Washington University

6.0%

University of Alabama at Huntsville

6.0%

Michigan Technological University

4.0%

Washington University in Saint Louis

4.0%

Southern Methodist University

4.0%

Strayer University

4.0%

DePaul University

4.0%

University of Phoenix

4.0%

Old Dominion University

4.0%

Carnegie Mellon University

4.0%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

4.0%

Bowling Green State University

4.0%

Northcentral University

4.0%

Metropolitan State University

4.0%

University of Texas at San Antonio

4.0%
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Majors

Business

17.0%

Electrical Engineering

12.8%

Computer Science

11.7%

Computer Information Systems

8.5%

Project Management

6.4%

Mechanical Engineering

5.3%

Management Information Systems

4.3%

Computer Networking

4.3%

Systems Engineering

3.2%

Computer Engineering

3.2%

Engineering

3.2%

Engineering And Industrial Management

3.2%

Management

2.1%

Psychology

2.1%

Mathematics

2.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.1%

Mathematics And Computer Science

2.1%

Journalism

2.1%

English

2.1%

Biomedical Engineering

2.1%
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Degrees

Masters

41.9%

Bachelors

41.9%

Doctorate

4.7%

Certificate

3.9%

Other

3.9%

Associate

2.3%

Diploma

1.6%
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Real Requirements Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Requirements Engineer SONY Mobile Communications (USA) Inc. Redwood City, CA Jun 14, 2013 $125,000 -
$146,006
Staff Requirements Engineer Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Inc. Berkeley, CA Jan 24, 2012 $115,000
Senior Requirements Engineer Architect Polycom, Inc. Westminster, CO May 02, 2014 $110,000 -
$135,000
Senior Requirements Engineer Architect Polycom, Inc. Westminster, CO May 02, 2011 $107,000 -
$120,000
Requirements Engineer SONY Ericsson Mobile Communications (USA) Inc. Redwood City, CA Jun 14, 2010 $104,376 -
$146,000
Senior Requirements Engineer Harman Becker Automotive Systems, Inc. Farmington Hills, MI Sep 08, 2014 $97,000
Systems Requirements Engineer Harman Becker Automotive Systems, Inc. Farmington Hills, MI Aug 31, 2015 $93,246
SR. Requirements Engineer Robert Bosch Automotive Steering LLC Plymouth, MI Aug 29, 2016 $93,000
Systems Requirements Engineer Magna Electronics, Inc. Auburn Hills, MI Jun 08, 2015 $90,438
Systems Requirements Engineer TRW Automotive, Inc. Farmington Hills, MI Nov 03, 2016 $86,000
Requirements Engineer-DAS Camera TRW Automotive, Inc. Farmington Hills, MI Jun 01, 2015 $85,000
Systems Requirement Engineer Cisco Systems, Inc. Lawrenceville, GA Aug 12, 2012 $84,178 -
$105,200
Systems Requirement Engineer GSI Commerce Solutions, Inc. King of Prussia, PA Apr 23, 2015 $82,983
Requirements Engineer Igate Technologies Inc. Tarrytown, NY Oct 22, 2014 $81,000
Subsystems and Vehicle Hardware Requirements Engineer General Motors Company Warren, MI Jun 15, 2016 $78,000
Requirements Engineer Nbcuniversal Media, LLC New York, NY Sep 01, 2014 $78,000 -
$88,000
Applications Requirements Engineer Satcon Technology Corporation Boston, MA Feb 21, 2011 $77,610
Systems Requirement Engineer GSI Commerce Solutions, Inc. King of Prussia, PA Apr 23, 2012 $77,063
Electrical Requirements Engineer Populus Group Southfield, MI Sep 01, 2014 $75,132
Requirements Engineer-HMI Harman Becker Automotive Systems, Inc. Farmington Hills, MI Aug 11, 2014 $75,000
Performance Requirements Engineer Belcan Engineering Group, Inc. Chillicothe, IL Jan 15, 2010 $71,800
Requirements Engineer-System Siemens Industry Inc. Rancho Cucamonga, CA Dec 15, 2014 $70,000 -
$127,500
Systems Requirements Engineer Populus Group LLC Warren, MI Apr 08, 2016 $67,828
Systems Requirements Engineer Populus Group LLC Warren, MI Aug 17, 2016 $67,828

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Top Skills for A Requirements Engineer

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  1. Business Requirements
  2. Data Dictionary
  3. Test Plans
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  • Gathered and translated high level business requirements into functional specifications and user stories and manage changes to such specifications.
  • Managed requirements using Caliber RM and traced the requirements to design and QA test plans/test cases.
  • Partner with engineering lead to develop sequence diagrams, entity relationship diagrams and other artifacts.
  • Prepared/Organized/Presented Requirements Management Training (Content and Tool specific) for the entire division.
  • Validated software build candidates in support of software development and testing.

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