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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.


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.


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 Engineer Career Paths

Senior Engineer
Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Senior Manager Director Of Information
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Technical Services Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Lead Engineer Chief Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Marketing Manager Senior Product Manager
Principal Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Engineer Project Manager Product Manager
Product Manager, Mobile
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Mechanical Engineer Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager General Manager Database Administrator
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Senior Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Engineer Senior Software Engineer Director Of Software Development
Vice President, Software Development
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Technical Manager Technical Director
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Senior Engineer Demographics


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  • White

  • Asian

  • Hispanic or Latino

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Carrier

  • German

  • Chinese

  • French

  • Russian

  • Japanese

  • Mandarin

  • Hindi

  • Arabic

  • Portuguese

  • Italian

  • Korean

  • Cantonese

  • Ukrainian

  • Urdu

  • Vietnamese

  • Gujarati

  • Romanian

  • Thai

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Real Senior Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior SAP Engineer 1800Admin, LLC Ashburn, VA Feb 17, 2016 $149,760
Senior Engineer-Network Security Verizon Business Network Services, Inc. Ashburn, VA Nov 06, 2016 $114,577
Senior Engineer-Network Security Verizon Business Network Services, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jun 10, 2013 $100,000
Senior Engineer-Network Security Verizon Communications Inc., & All Its Subsidiaries & Affiliates Ashburn, VA Aug 24, 2015 $100,000
SR. Hadoop Engineer GVA Infotech Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 18, 2017 $84,000
Senior Engineer MacTec Engineering and Consulting, Inc. Ashburn, VA Apr 07, 2011 $74,630 -
Senior Engineer Geoconcepts Engineering, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 07, 2015 $74,277 -
Senior Engineer Brillio LLC Ashburn, VA Nov 05, 2016 $70,000
Senior Engineer Brillio, LLC Ashburn, VA Oct 05, 2016 $70,000
Senior Tunneling Engineer Gall Zeidler Consultants, LLC Ashburn, VA Dec 08, 2009 $69,638
Senior Engineer Brillio, LLC Ashburn, VA Nov 05, 2016 $65,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Engineer


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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.

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