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Working As A Senior Applications Engineer

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

  • $94,010

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior 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 Senior 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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Senior Applications Engineer Career Paths

Senior Applications Engineer
Business Development Manager Consultant Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Director, Product Marketing
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Principal Consultant Senior Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Product Manager Marketing Manager
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Project Manager Program Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Program Manager Senior Product Manager
Principal Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Product Manager
Product Line Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Program Manager General Manager Account Manager
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Marketing Manager
Product Marketing Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Product Manager Sales Manager
Regional Sales Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Business Development Manager Senior Manager Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Senior Business Analyst Product Manager
Senior Product Marketing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Business Analyst Senior Systems Analyst
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Business Developer
Vice President, Business Development
13 Yearsyrs
Marketing Manager Development Director Director Of Software Development
Vice President, Software Development
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Principal Engineer 4.7 years
Principle Engineer 4.5 years
Senior Engineer 4.3 years
Team Lead Engineer 3.4 years
Lead Engineer 3.4 years
Knowledge Engineer 3.4 years
Software Engineer 3.2 years
Marketing Engineer 3.2 years
Engineer 3.2 years
Software Designer 3.0 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 4.1%
Engineer 3.4%
Top Employers After
Consultant 7.8%
Engineer 3.0%
Manager 2.7%

Senior Applications Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

84.2%

Female

11.4%

Unknown

4.4%
Ethnicity

White

68.0%

Asian

19.6%

Hispanic or Latino

7.7%

Unknown

3.9%

Black or African American

0.8%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

20.9%

German

13.2%

Chinese

12.1%

French

8.8%

Mandarin

7.7%

Carrier

7.7%

Japanese

6.6%

Korean

4.4%

Portuguese

3.3%

Hindi

3.3%

Russian

3.3%

Italian

2.2%

Ukrainian

1.1%

Lithuanian

1.1%

Gothic

1.1%

Bengali

1.1%

Urdu

1.1%

Arabic

1.1%
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Senior Applications Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

9.5%

University of Texas at Austin

6.9%

Purdue University

6.9%

Arizona State University

6.5%

Santa Clara University

5.6%

Texas A&M University

5.6%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

5.6%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

5.6%

San Jose State University

4.9%

Stanford University

4.6%

Northeastern University

4.6%

University of Houston

4.2%

University of Texas at Dallas

3.9%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.9%

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

3.9%

University of Florida

3.6%

University of Illinois at Chicago

3.6%

National University

3.6%

Michigan State University

3.6%

Ohio State University

3.6%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

27.2%

Mechanical Engineering

12.6%

Computer Science

12.1%

Business

11.6%

Computer Engineering

4.5%

Chemical Engineering

4.2%

Management

3.2%

Engineering

3.1%

Computer Information Systems

2.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.4%

Physics

2.4%

Information Technology

2.2%

Project Management

1.9%

Chemistry

1.7%

Industrial Technology

1.6%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.5%

Finance

1.3%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.3%

Marketing

1.3%

Drafting And Design

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.2%

Masters

31.8%

Other

11.0%

Associate

4.7%

Doctorate

4.3%

Certificate

2.5%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.1%
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Real Senior Applications Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Application Security Engineer Netflix Los Gatos, CA Apr 27, 2016 $230,000 -
$270,000
Senior Application Operations Engineer Intuit Mountain View, CA Dec 12, 2016 $170,000 -
$195,500
SR. Applications Engineer, Machine Learning Nokia USA Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Oct 21, 2015 $170,000
Senior Applications Security Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jun 26, 2015 $165,000 -
$185,000
Senior Application Security Engineer MacHine Zone, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Aug 26, 2015 $164,382 -
$165,000
Senior Application Operations Engineer Intuit Mountain View, CA Sep 11, 2016 $164,382 -
$169,382
Senior Application Operations Engineer Intuit Mountain View, CA Nov 29, 2016 $160,000 -
$184,000
Senior Application Operations Engineer SONY Network Entertainment International LLC San Diego, CA Oct 12, 2015 $160,000
Senior Application Engineer Ansys, Inc. San Jose, CA Feb 05, 2016 $159,370
Senior Application Operations Engineer Intuit Inc. Mountain View, CA Apr 01, 2016 $157,477 -
$170,000
Senior Application Security Engineer Yourpeople, Inc. D/B/A Zenefits San Francisco, CA Nov 17, 2016 $150,000
SR. Application Engineer Beamr Inc. Palo Alto, CA Nov 22, 2016 $150,000 -
$180,000
Senior Application Engineer (Senior Member Technical Staff) Montage Technology, Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 24, 2016 $150,000
Senior Application Engineer Xtreme Consulting Group, Inc. Portland, OR Feb 10, 2015 $150,000 -
$175,000
Applications Engineer SR. Staff Cypress Semiconductor Corporation Lynnwood, WA Feb 06, 2016 $114,596
SR. Oracle Applications Engineer Homeaway, Inc. Austin, TX Oct 17, 2016 $114,000
SR. Application Engineer Orion Systems Integrators LLC Woodcliff Lake, NJ Nov 16, 2015 $114,000 -
$125,000
Senior Application Operations Engineer Intuit Menlo Park, CA Jan 12, 2015 $114,000
Senior Applications Engineer-Emms Electric Reliability Council of Texas Taylor, TX Apr 05, 2016 $113,880
Senior Applications Engineer-Emms Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. Taylor, TX Feb 22, 2016 $113,880 -
$115,880
Senior Applications Engineer Intersil Communications LLC, An Intersil Corporation Company Milpitas, CA Jul 15, 2016 $113,870 -
$114,000
Senior Applications Engineer Intersil Communications LLC, An Intersil Corporation Company Milpitas, CA Aug 22, 2016 $113,614 -
$122,000
CMI Senior Application Engineer Consolidated Metco, Inc. Vancouver, WA Jan 09, 2016 $103,043
Senior Application Engineer Ansys, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 17, 2015 $102,606 -
$115,000
SR. Applications Engineer Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC San Jose, CA Sep 21, 2015 $102,606
Senior Applications Engineer IPG Photonics Corporation Novi, MI Mar 09, 2015 $102,524 -
$105,000
Senior Application Engineer The Mathworks, Inc. Torrance, CA Oct 01, 2015 $102,350
Senior Application Engineer NIKE USA, Inc. Beaverton, OR Jun 02, 2016 $102,115
Senior Engineer, Applications DTS, Inc. Somerset, NJ Feb 11, 2016 $102,000 -
$115,000
Senior Engineer, Application Monitoring Trinet Hr Corporation Austin, TX Oct 17, 2016 $102,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Applications Engineer

NewProductDevelopmentTechnicalSupportHardwareApplicationsEngineerWebServicesDatabasePl/SqlWindowsXPProductLineOEMCustomerSupportUserInterfaceProjectManagementCustomerRequirementsSemiconductorRSuiteXMLTradeShowsSalesSupport

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Top Senior Applications Engineer Skills

  1. New Product Development
  2. Technical Support
  3. Hardware
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  • Maintained knowledge of new product development to enhance building automation technology.
  • Provide customer with exceptional 24x7 customer services that include tier 3 to 4 technical support.
  • Design, layout and build test and verification systems, as well as, hardware simulation of the designs using PSpice.
  • Welcome, NC (Global manufacturer of DC power systems and enclosures) Senior Applications Engineer.
  • Played a key role in the research and decision making process for the open source web services stack to use.

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