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Working As A Senior Software Engineer

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

  • $107,851

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Software Engineer Do

A Senior Software Engineer is responsible for developing information systems through studying operations, developing, and installing software solutions. They mentor junior and mid-level engineers.

How To Become A Senior 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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Top Skills for A Senior Software Engineer

WebApplicationPl/SqlDatabaseWindowsXPSQLServerC#.NETXMLASPUserInterfaceJavascriptProceduresHtmlArchitectureC/C++WebServicesUnixAPIAjaxJqueryLinux

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Top Senior Software Engineer Skills

  1. Web Application
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Database
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed and maintained a java web application that is outsourced to Next Wave Logistics for the Pampered Chef company.
  • Worked on PL/SQL and created views, triggers, procedures, function and stored procedures.
  • Provided additional stabilization through additional database tuning and code enhancements.
  • Assisted in porting Windows XP VPN client software to Windows Vista platform.
  • Created Views and Stored Procedures in SQL Server 2008 to manipulate the data.

Top Senior Software Engineer Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire a Senior Software Engineer

  1. Accenture LTD
  2. IBM
  3. Capgemini
  4. Wipro Limited
  5. I Gate Corp
  6. Cisco
  7. Cognizant
  8. Microsoft
  9. Intel
  10. Bank of America
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