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Working As A Senior Engineer

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

  • $79,315

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Engineer Do

A Senior Engineer is responsible for designing and directing engineering projects. They direct the preparation and modification of reports, plans, construction schedules, environmental impact studies, and designs for projects.

How To Become A Senior 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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Real Senior Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior UI Engineer Netflix, Inc. Los Gatos, CA Oct 01, 2015 $300,000
Department Manager, Senior Engineering Worleyparsons Group, Inc. Houston, TX Feb 02, 2015 $294,715
Senior User Interface Engineer Netflix, Inc. Los Gatos, CA Jul 23, 2015 $290,000
Senior UI Engineer Netflix, Inc. Los Gatos, CA Mar 23, 2015 $280,000
Senior Business Intelligence Engineer Netflix, Inc. Los Gatos, CA Jul 10, 2015 $260,000
Senior User Interface User Experience Engineer Neurensic, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA May 18, 2016 $250,000
Senior User Interface Engineer Netflix, Inc. Los Gatos, CA Jul 10, 2015 $240,000
Senior User Interface Engineer Netflix, Inc. Los Gatos, CA Dec 15, 2015 $240,000
Senior Business Intelligence Engineer Netflix, Inc. Beverly Hills, CA Aug 24, 2015 $240,000
Senior User Interface Engineer Netflix, Inc. Los Gatos, CA Jul 14, 2015 $240,000
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Top Skills for A Senior Engineer

TestProceduresHardwareWindowsDataAnalysisSafetyWebSQLServerArchitectureStorageProjectManagementTechnicalSupportCADLinuxRSetupProductDevelopmentUnixTcp/IpC++Troubleshoot

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Top Senior Engineer Skills

  1. Test Procedures
  2. Hardware
  3. Windows
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Recommend production and test procedures to manufacturing.
  • Team lead for a group of 15 software and hardware specialists providing support for all Digital's network products.
  • Migrated the enterprise from Windows NT to Windows 2000 active directory and the messaging system from Exchange 5.5 to Exchange 2000.
  • Test Data collection, Statistical Data Analysis and prepare Test Summary Reports.
  • Engaged with project management and engineering disciplines for action item tracking/recommendation closure for process safety studies.

Top Senior Engineer Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire a Senior Engineer

  1. Qualcomm
  2. E-Lawyer.com
  3. Intel
  4. I Gate Corp
  5. Raytheon
  6. General Dynamics
  7. Cisco
  8. Verizon
  9. IBM
  10. Bosch USA
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