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Working As A Senior Consultant Engineer

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

  • $112,657

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Consultant 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 Consultant 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 Consultant Engineer Career Paths

Senior Consultant Engineer
Principal Consultant Solutions Architect Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Contractor/Consultant Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Operations Manager Information Technology Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Adjunct Instructor Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director, Technical Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Principal Consultant Subject Matter Expert Information Technology Specialist
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Director Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Consulting Engineer Senior Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Director Chief Information Officer Chief Technology Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Principal Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Mechanical Engineer Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Delivery Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Mechanical Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Director Principal Consultant Business Systems Senior Analyst
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager/Senior Project Engineer Management Consultant Technical Project Manager
Technical Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager/Senior Project Engineer Engineering Director Director Of Software Development
Vice President Of Software Engineering
14 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Solutions Architect Software Development Manager
Vice President, Software Development
11 Yearsyrs
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Help others decide if this is a good career for them

Average Length of Employment
Senior Engineer 4.2 years
Team Lead Engineer 3.3 years
Systems Engineer 3.1 years
Solutions Engineer 2.7 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 9.1%
Engineer 5.8%
Top Employers After
Consultant 10.3%
Engineer 3.9%
Manager 3.3%
Director 2.6%

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Senior Consultant Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

86.0%

Female

11.0%

Unknown

3.0%
Ethnicity

White

53.8%

Asian

15.2%

Hispanic or Latino

14.2%

Black or African American

11.3%

Unknown

5.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

19.0%

Japanese

14.3%

German

9.5%

Carrier

9.5%

Swedish

4.8%

Portuguese

4.8%

Chinese

4.8%

Chamorro

4.8%

French

4.8%

Kannada

4.8%

Mandarin

4.8%

Hindi

4.8%

Russian

4.8%

Italian

4.8%
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Senior Consultant Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.3%

Northeastern University

7.0%

George Washington University

7.0%

Arizona State University

5.2%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

5.2%

Stanford University

5.2%

Colorado Technical University

5.2%

University of Texas at Austin

5.2%

Cornell University

5.2%

University of Alabama

4.3%

Pennsylvania State University

4.3%

Strayer University

4.3%

Texas A&M University

4.3%

Purdue University

4.3%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

4.3%

North Carolina State University

3.5%

University of Washington

3.5%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.5%

Ohio State University

3.5%

Santa Clara University

3.5%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

19.2%

Computer Science

16.5%

Business

13.8%

Mechanical Engineering

10.2%

Computer Information Systems

4.4%

Information Technology

4.0%

Civil Engineering

3.3%

Computer Engineering

3.3%

Management

2.9%

Engineering

2.9%

Chemical Engineering

2.7%

Physics

2.7%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.3%

Management Information Systems

2.1%

Finance

2.1%

Project Management

1.7%

Industrial Technology

1.5%

Communication

1.5%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.5%

Marketing

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.0%

Masters

33.4%

Other

14.5%

Doctorate

6.0%

Associate

3.3%

Certificate

2.6%

Diploma

1.2%
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Real Senior Consultant Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Consulting Engineer Stantec Consulting Services Inc. Tempe, AZ Jul 27, 2015 $208,853
Senior Consulting Engineer Attivio, Inc. Newton, MA Jul 08, 2013 $180,000
Senior Consulting Engineer Attivio, Inc. Newton, MA May 28, 2013 $180,000
Senior Consulting Engineer Mongodb, Inc. New York, NY Sep 06, 2016 $175,000 -
$195,000
Senior Consultant, Software Engineering (SR. Techn EMC Corporation Palo Alto, CA Apr 15, 2013 $170,000 -
$195,200
Senior Consulting Engineer Cognex Corporation San Diego, CA Nov 18, 2016 $164,999
Senior Consultant-Engineering Terra Global Services LLC Atlanta, GA Oct 03, 2014 $156,525 -
$166,960
Senior Consultant-Engineering Terra Global Services LLC Atlanta, GA Mar 03, 2014 $156,525 -
$166,960
Senior Consultant-Engineering Terra Global Services LLC Atlanta, GA Mar 10, 2014 $156,525 -
$166,960
Senior Watson Consulting Engineer IBM Corporation Costa Mesa, CA Oct 01, 2015 $150,000
Senior Watson Consulting Engineer IBM Corporation Costa Mesa, CA Sep 30, 2015 $150,000
Senior Watson Consulting Engineer IBM Corporation Costa Mesa, CA Dec 10, 2015 $150,000
Senior Watson Consulting Engineer IBM Corporation Costa Mesa, CA Oct 22, 2015 $150,000
Associate Senior Consultant Engineer Eli Lilly and Company Indianapolis, IN Aug 31, 2016 $116,532
Senior Consultant/Software Engineer III Daugherty Business Solutions Bloomington, MN Sep 14, 2015 $115,385
Senior Consultant Engineer Eli Lilly and Company Indianapolis, IN Aug 01, 2014 $115,075
Senior Consulting Engineer-Wireless CDW Technologies, Inc. Centreville, VA Feb 24, 2014 $115,000
Senior Consultant/Engineer Greystone Solutions, Inc. Boston, MA Aug 08, 2016 $112,632
SR. Consultant, Data Engineering Avanade Inc. Houston, TX Sep 13, 2016 $112,600
Senior Consulting Engineer Itron, Inc. San Diego, CA Oct 02, 2015 $100,535
SR. Consultant/Sr Performance Engineer Collaborative Consulting, LLC Burlington, MA Sep 20, 2013 $100,402
Associate Senior Consultant Engineer Eli Lilly and Company Indianapolis, IN Jul 13, 2013 $100,008
Associate Senior Consultant Engineer Eli Lilly and Company Indianapolis, IN Jul 24, 2014 $100,008
Associate Senior Consultant Engineer Eli Lilly and Company Indianapolis, IN Jul 05, 2013 $100,008
Associate Senior Consultant Engineer Eli Lilly and Company Indianapolis, IN Aug 30, 2013 $100,008

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  • Provided engineering services for design, cost estimation, fabrication, procurement and start-up.
  • Create several web-based database support systems.
  • Project-based storage consulting for an industry-leading professional services firm based in Atlanta.

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