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Working As A Senior Desktop Engineer

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

  • $85,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Desktop 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 Desktop 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
LAN Engineer 3.1 years
PC Analyst 2.9 years
Desktop Engineer 2.5 years
Top Careers Before Senior Desktop Engineer
Top Careers After Senior Desktop Engineer
Consultant 6.4%
Technician 2.8%
Engineer 2.5%

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Average Yearly Salary
$85,000
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$66,000
Min 10%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$109,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Crown Equipment Corporation
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
New Jersey
Avg Experience Level
2.8 years
How much does a Senior Desktop Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Desktop Engineer in the United States is $85,347 per year or $41 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $66,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $109,000.

Real Senior Desktop Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Desktop Engineer-AVP MUFG Union Bank, N.A. Jersey City, NJ Aug 24, 2015 $125,000
Senior Desktop Engineer Lord, Abbett & Co. LLC Jersey City, NJ Mar 17, 2014 $120,000
Senior Desktop Engineer V.L.S Systems, Inc. Owings Mills, MD Jan 14, 2016 $92,100
Senior Desktop Engineer The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America Bethlehem, PA Nov 21, 2011 $90,000
SR. Desktop Engineer Aqiwo, Inc. Washington, DC May 09, 2014 $75,670 -
$97,000
Senior Desktop Engineer V.L.S Systems, Inc. Owings Mills, MD Apr 28, 2013 $68,245

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Top Skills for A Senior Desktop Engineer

  1. Windows XP
  2. Hardware Issues
  3. Active Directory
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Implemented Windows Operating System upgrades from Windows 2000 to Windows XP Professional for 1000+ HP and Dell Laptops and Desktops.
  • Provided resolution for any software and hardware issues that PC Support could not solve or needed additional assistance in.
  • Worked closely with management on projects to implement Active Directory and Local Group Polices to enforce security requirements.
  • Installed PKI Certificates for secure web base applications and remote access, installed secure Wireless and WiFi.
  • Provide level 2 and desk-side support for devices including desktops, laptops, printers, scanners, and mobile devices.

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Top 10 Best States for Senior Desktop Engineers

  1. Washington
  2. California
  3. New York
  4. New Hampshire
  5. Massachusetts
  6. Virginia
  7. Texas
  8. Utah
  9. Vermont
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Senior Desktop Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

86.2%

Unknown

7.6%

Female

6.2%
Ethnicity

White

56.1%

Hispanic or Latino

16.5%

Black or African American

11.7%

Asian

10.1%

Unknown

5.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Mandarin

20.0%

Greek

20.0%

Cheyenne

20.0%

Chinese

20.0%

Italian

20.0%
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Senior Desktop Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.1%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

10.3%

Strayer University

8.6%

Pace University - New York

6.9%

Prince George's Community College

5.2%

Western Governors University

5.2%

DePaul University

5.2%

More Tech Institute

5.2%

De Anza College

3.4%

University of the District of Columbia

3.4%

College of DuPage

3.4%

University of South Florida

3.4%

Brick Computer Science Institute

3.4%

University of Baltimore

3.4%

A-Technical College

3.4%

University of Colorado at Boulder

3.4%

University of Akron

3.4%

University of Illinois at Chicago

3.4%

University of Louisville

3.4%

Kaplan University

3.4%
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Majors

Computer Science

14.6%

Business

12.9%

Information Technology

12.4%

Computer Information Systems

12.0%

Electrical Engineering

7.7%

Computer Networking

6.9%

Information Systems

6.0%

Computer Technical Support

3.0%

Computer Engineering

3.0%

Liberal Arts

3.0%

Management Information Systems

2.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.1%

Finance

2.1%

Criminal Justice

2.1%

Psychology

1.7%

Computer Systems Security

1.7%

Computer Applications

1.7%

Communication

1.7%

Management

1.3%

Project Management

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.6%

Other

19.0%

Associate

18.3%

Masters

17.3%

Certificate

4.1%

Diploma

2.7%
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