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Working As A Senior Development Engineer

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

  • $86,506

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Development 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 Development 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 Development Engineer Career Paths

Senior Development Engineer
Senior Product Development Engineer Project Manager Product Manager
Director, Product Marketing
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Process Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Software Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Mechanical Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Product Development Engineer Senior Mechanical Engineer Engineering Manager
Product Line Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Leader Business Analyst
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Marketing Manager
Product Marketing Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Staff Engineer Principal Engineer Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Senior Mechanical Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Principal Engineer Senior Project Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Senior Product Manager
Senior Product Marketing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Consultant Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Program Manager General Manager
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Process Engineer Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Engineering Director Vice President Of Engineering
Vice President Product Development
12 Yearsyrs
Principal Engineer Program Manager Business Developer
Vice President, Business Development
13 Yearsyrs
Engineering Director Business Developer Product Management Director
Vice President, Product Management
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Staff Engineer Principal Software Engineer 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
Staff Engineer 4.3 years
Lead Engineer 3.4 years
Team Lead Engineer 3.4 years
Engineer 3.2 years
Top Employers Before
Engineer 4.8%
Top Employers After
Consultant 6.0%

Senior Development Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

86.0%

Female

8.2%

Unknown

5.8%
Ethnicity

White

69.6%

Asian

19.1%

Hispanic or Latino

7.6%

Unknown

2.9%

Black or African American

0.9%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

28.1%

German

15.6%

French

9.4%

Chinese

6.3%

Dakota

6.3%

Carrier

6.3%

Mandarin

6.3%

Arabic

6.3%

Portuguese

3.1%

Hindi

3.1%

Dutch

3.1%

Urdu

3.1%

Thai

3.1%
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Senior Development Engineer Education

Schools

University of Pittsburgh -

7.4%

Pennsylvania State University

6.8%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

6.3%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

6.3%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

5.8%

Rochester Institute of Technology

5.8%

University of Phoenix

5.3%

Northeastern University

5.3%

University of Akron

4.7%

Oklahoma State University

4.7%

Ohio State University

4.7%

University of Connecticut

4.2%

State University of New York Buffalo

4.2%

Arizona State University

4.2%

Iowa State University

4.2%

Stanford University

4.2%

Purdue University

4.2%

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

4.2%

Southern Methodist University

3.7%

Illinois Institute of Technology

3.7%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

23.6%

Electrical Engineering

18.3%

Business

10.6%

Computer Science

7.9%

Chemical Engineering

7.3%

Chemistry

3.5%

Engineering

3.5%

Materials Science And Engineering

3.0%

Physics

2.9%

Computer Engineering

2.8%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.5%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.1%

Management

1.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.7%

Industrial Technology

1.7%

Biomedical Engineering

1.7%

Finance

1.4%

Project Management

1.4%

Computer Applications

1.0%

Plastics Engineering

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

35.9%

Masters

35.8%

Doctorate

13.0%

Other

10.1%

Associate

2.4%

Certificate

2.2%

Diploma

0.5%
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Real Senior Development Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Pump Development Engineer Lintel, Inc. Santa Ana, CA Apr 22, 2015 $172,848
Senior Development and Operations Engineer Adobe Systems Incorporated San Jose, CA Jan 08, 2016 $165,000
Senior Development and Operations Engineer Adobe Systems Incorporated San Jose, CA May 23, 2016 $165,000
SR. Strategic Development Engineer The Realreal, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 09, 2016 $165,000
Senior Development Test Engineer Ericsson Inc. San Jose, CA Apr 22, 2016 $163,000
Senior Development Operations Engineer Solarcity Corporation San Mateo, CA Apr 03, 2016 $156,600
Senior Development Operations Engineer Workday, Inc. Pleasanton, CA Jun 20, 2016 $156,000
Senior Development Engineer MSC.Software Corporation Newport Beach, CA Sep 04, 2015 $155,000
Senior Development Operations Engineer Fuzebox Software Corporation Palo Alto, CA May 01, 2015 $155,000
Senior Development Operations Engineer Fuzebox Software Corporation Palo Alto, CA Jan 05, 2015 $155,000
Senior Cloud Development Engineer Adobe Systems Incorporated San Jose, CA May 14, 2015 $155,000
Senior UI Development Engineer Adobe Systems Incorporated San Jose, CA Apr 11, 2015 $152,776
Senior Algorithm ASR Development Engineer Knowles Electronics, LLC. Mountain View, CA Jun 15, 2016 $152,131
Senior Development Operations Engineer McGraw-Hill Global Education LLC East Windsor, NJ Jul 07, 2015 $145,000
Senior Development Engineer Honeywell International Inc. Phoenix Lake, CA Sep 15, 2015 $113,000
Storage Development SR. Engineer Dell Products L.P. Round Rock, TX Mar 02, 2015 $113,000
Senior Development Engineer Atmel Corporation San Jose, CA Aug 27, 2015 $112,393
Senior Development Engineer Smith & Nephew Inc. Mansfield, MA Dec 22, 2015 $111,238
Storage Development Senior Engineer Dell Products L.P. Round Rock, TX Sep 05, 2016 $111,000
Senior Development Engineer University of Massachusetts Medical School Shrewsbury, MA Sep 01, 2015 $111,000
SR. IP Development Engineer Microsemi Soc Corp. San Jose, CA Jul 29, 2015 $110,739
Senior Engineer, Development Sears Holdings Management Corporation Hoffman Estates, IL Oct 19, 2015 $110,000
Development Engineer-Senior HGST, Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 29, 2015 $98,488 -
$118,800
Senior Developer-Reverse Engineer Cylance, Inc. Portland, OR Sep 13, 2016 $98,176
Senior Technology Development Engineer Midrex Technologies, Inc. Pineville, NC Dec 31, 2015 $98,000
Senior Development Engineer Milliken & Company Spartanburg, SC Sep 18, 2015 $97,760 -
$139,200
Engineer SR. Tools Development Nvidia Corporation Richardson, TX May 25, 2015 $97,531 -
$99,590
Senior Development Engineer Audible, Inc. Newark, NJ Sep 13, 2015 $97,375
Senior Development Engineer Audible, Inc. Newark, NJ Jun 13, 2016 $97,375
Engineer Senior Tools Development Nvidia Corporation Richardson, TX Jan 02, 2015 $97,365 -
$114,503

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Top Skills for A Senior Development Engineer

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Top Senior Development Engineer Skills

  1. New Product Development
  2. Hardware
  3. Device
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Support continuous improvement of manufacturing processes to increase efficiency and reduce quality issues for New Product Development phase gates.
  • Designed and implemented interface layers between multimedia hardware and software.
  • Utilized Cool Runner In-System-Programmable Complex Programmable Logic Device.
  • Modeled heat transfer, fluid flow and particle dynamics for each test system by programming equations into Excel.
  • Defined test methods, analyzed test data for final determination of product acceptance and led failure investigations.

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