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Working As A Senior Embedded Software Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Getting Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $104,535

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Embedded Software 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 Embedded Software 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
Firmware Engineer 3.3 years
Software Leader 3.2 years
Software Engineer 3.2 years
Firmware Developer 3.1 years
Software Designer 3.0 years
Embedded Engineer 1.9 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 1.7%
Top Employers After
Consultant 2.3%

Senior Embedded Software Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

85.9%

Female

9.8%

Unknown

4.2%
Ethnicity

White

59.8%

Asian

30.3%

Hispanic or Latino

5.3%

Unknown

3.8%

Black or African American

0.8%
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Languages Spoken

German

28.6%

Chinese

14.3%

Vietnamese

14.3%

Japanese

14.3%

Cantonese

14.3%

Italian

14.3%
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Senior Embedded Software Engineer Education

Schools

University of Texas at Arlington

7.1%

State University of New York Buffalo

7.1%

Carnegie Mellon University

7.1%

Arizona State University

5.7%

University of California - San Diego

5.7%

University of Texas at Dallas

5.7%

Northeastern University

5.7%

More Tech Institute

5.7%

Southern Methodist University

4.3%

University of California - Los Angeles

4.3%

Santa Clara University

4.3%

University of Illinois at Chicago

4.3%

California State University - Fresno

4.3%

California State University - Long Beach

4.3%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.3%

New York University

4.3%

University of Utah

4.3%

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach

4.3%

University of California - Irvine

4.3%

Syracuse University

2.9%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

38.7%

Computer Science

24.1%

Computer Engineering

15.0%

Business

4.5%

Mathematics

2.6%

Computer Information Systems

1.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.9%

Systems Engineering

1.1%

Management Information Systems

1.1%

Physics

1.1%

Project Management

1.1%

Information Technology

1.1%

Mechanical Engineering

0.8%

Industrial Technology

0.8%

Computer Applications

0.8%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

0.8%

Chemistry

0.8%

Biomedical Engineering

0.8%

Education

0.8%

Maritime Studies

0.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.4%

Masters

40.6%

Other

6.9%

Doctorate

5.2%

Certificate

1.7%

Associate

1.4%

Diploma

0.7%
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Real Senior Embedded Software Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR. Staff Embedded SW. DEV. * Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. San Jose, CA Dec 27, 2016 $177,508 -
$202,300
Senior Software Engineer-Embedded Infoblox Santa Clara, CA Aug 10, 2015 $168,000
Senior Software Engineer-Embedded Software Mimosa Networks, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Nov 28, 2016 $155,000
Senior Software Engineer-Embedded Mimosa Networks, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Oct 24, 2016 $150,000
Senior Software Engineer, Embedded Computer Vision Magic Leap, Inc. Mountain View, CA Jan 02, 2016 $150,000
Senior Staff Embedded Software Development Engineer/Manager Qualcomm Technologies Inc. San Diego, CA May 08, 2016 $148,782 -
$193,300
Senior Software Engineer, Embedded Magic Leap, Inc. Mountain View, CA Apr 18, 2016 $145,000
Senior Staff Embedded Software Development Engineer/Network Drivers Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. San Diego, CA May 08, 2016 $144,269 -
$187,700
Embedded Senior Software Engineer Verifone, Inc. Alpharetta, GA Jan 27, 2016 $142,376 -
$171,655
Senior Embedded Software Engineer Free Stream Media Corp San Francisco, CA Nov 24, 2016 $140,000
Senior Embedded Software Engineer Free Stream Media, Corp, DBA Samba TV San Francisco, CA Dec 09, 2016 $138,450 -
$150,000
Senior Embedded Software Engineer Free Stream Media, Corp, DBA Samba TV San Francisco, CA Sep 16, 2016 $138,450 -
$150,000
SR. Embedded Software Engineer Fireeye, Inc. Milpitas, CA Nov 05, 2015 $135,300 -
$173,050
SR. Embedded SW DEV. ENG. * Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. San Diego, CA Aug 26, 2016 $114,359 -
$128,900
Senior Software Engineer/Embedded Software Qualcomm Technologies Inc. Santa Clara, CA May 12, 2015 $110,094 -
$131,500
Senior Embedded Software Engineer Corpus Media Labs Milpitas, CA Feb 25, 2016 $110,000
Senior Embedded Software Engineer Corpus Media Labs San Jose, CA Feb 25, 2015 $110,000
Senior Embedded Software Engineer LHP Software, LLC Rosemont, IL Feb 11, 2015 $109,720
Senior Software Engineer/Embedded SW Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. San Diego, CA Feb 03, 2016 $108,992 -
$126,000
Senior Embedded Software Development Engineer Qualcomm Innovation Center, Inc. San Diego, CA Oct 19, 2016 $108,888 -
$128,900
Senior Embedded Software Development ENG. * Qualcomm Technologies Inc. San Diego, CA Aug 23, 2016 $108,639 -
$128,900
Senior Embedded Software Development Engineer Qualcomm Technologies Inc. San Diego, CA Nov 30, 2016 $100,464 -
$128,900
Senior Embedded Software Engineer Rockwell Automation, Inc. Mequon, WI Sep 11, 2015 $100,100 -
$105,000
Senior Software Engineer-Embedded Software General Motors Company Warren, MI Jan 06, 2016 $100,008
SR. Embedded Software Engineer Smartrg, Inc. Vancouver, WA Sep 01, 2015 $100,000 -
$125,000
SR. Embedded Software Engineer Esencia Technologies Inc. Santa Clara, CA May 02, 2016 $100,000
Senior Embedded Software Engineer American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc. Rochester Hills, MI Sep 11, 2015 $100,000
SR Embedded Test Software Development Engineer Synaptics, Inc. San Jose, CA Oct 31, 2016 $100,000
SR. Embedded Software Engineer Esencia Technologies Inc. Santa Clara, CA Feb 05, 2016 $100,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Embedded Software Engineer

HardwareLinuxC/C++DeviceDriversFirmwareRtosSoftwareDevelopmentWindowsArchitectureVxworksUSBFpgaI2CI/OLanguageSPIGUIBSPUserInterfaceIDE

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Top Senior Embedded Software Engineer Skills

  1. Hardware
  2. Linux
  3. C/C++
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Modified platform initialization driver to support hardware changes of the new target.
  • Configured, setup, and installed embedded Linux platform running on ARM920T.
  • 2-Led Software Development in C/C++ relating to WAN Network Programming and Data Communications Development.
  • Developed 1553 Bus Controller and Remote Terminal software at kernel (state machines in device drivers) and mid-levels.
  • Redesigned firmware to increase reliability, shorten maintenance and improvement time, and document all development.

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