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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

  • $150,979

    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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Average Length of Employment
Principal Engineer 4.7 years
Senior Engineer 4.3 years
Lead Engineer 3.4 years
Team Lead Engineer 3.4 years
LAN Engineer 3.2 years
Engineer 3.2 years
Systems Engineer 3.2 years
Senior Consultant 3.0 years
Solutions Engineer 2.7 years
Server Engineer 2.5 years
Consultant 2.4 years
Network Consultant 2.4 years
NOC Engineer 1.7 years
Migration Engineer 1.1 years
Top Employers Before
Engineer 5.1%
Consultant 4.9%
Top Employers After
Consultant 6.8%
Engineer 4.6%
Manager 3.1%

Senior Consultant Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

88.8%

Female

7.8%

Unknown

3.4%
Ethnicity

White

71.4%

Asian

14.4%

Hispanic or Latino

9.2%

Unknown

3.8%

Black or African American

1.2%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

27.3%

German

18.2%

Japanese

18.2%

Portuguese

9.1%

Kannada

9.1%

Hindi

9.1%

Italian

9.1%
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Senior Consultant Engineer Education

Schools

Arizona State University

7.8%

University of Phoenix

7.8%

University of Pennsylvania

6.5%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

6.5%

University of Texas at Austin

6.5%

North Carolina State University

5.2%

Pennsylvania State University

5.2%

Stanford University

5.2%

Colorado Technical University

5.2%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

5.2%

Syracuse University

3.9%

University of Alabama

3.9%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.9%

Southern Methodist University

3.9%

Ohio State University

3.9%

Santa Clara University

3.9%

Drexel University

3.9%

Wayne State University

3.9%

Northeastern University

3.9%

Georgia State University

3.9%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

26.6%

Computer Science

12.6%

Mechanical Engineering

11.6%

Business

10.9%

Computer Information Systems

5.1%

Civil Engineering

4.1%

Chemical Engineering

3.4%

Engineering

2.7%

Computer Engineering

2.4%

Information Technology

2.4%

Marketing

2.4%

Physics

2.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.7%

Industrial Technology

1.7%

Management

1.7%

Management Information Systems

1.7%

Project Management

1.7%

Finance

1.7%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.7%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.9%

Masters

32.3%

Other

13.2%

Doctorate

7.6%

Associate

3.7%

Certificate

2.0%

Diploma

1.5%
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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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Top Skills for A Senior Consultant Engineer

NetworkInfrastructureStorageHardwareMicrosoftWindowsWebSQLServerFiberChannel-SanTechnicalSupportVmwareESXDesktopActiveDirectoryProjectManagementWindowsNewTechnologiesInternetTcp/IpSafetyMplsSetupDisasterRecoveryLinux

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Top Senior Consultant Engineer Skills

  1. Network Infrastructure
  2. Storage
  3. Hardware
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Design and test new network infrastructure to support the above solution including Cisco ASR9000's and Juniper MX 480,.
  • Install and setup alerting, monitoring, and management of enterprise storage arrays.
  • Developed hardware standards to support customer hosting needs.
  • Provide management of Microsoft Windows 2008, 2008R2 servers.
  • Administered development and test WebLogic P.O.C.

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