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Working As A Senior Solutions Engineer

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

  • $101,643

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Solutions 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 Solutions 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
Senior Leader 3.5 years
Lead Engineer 3.4 years
Team Lead Engineer 3.4 years
Engineer 3.2 years
Solutions Manager 3.0 years
Solutions Engineer 2.7 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 5.7%
Top Employers After
Consultant 6.4%

Senior Solutions Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

80.5%

Female

16.4%

Unknown

3.0%
Ethnicity

White

71.4%

Asian

15.3%

Hispanic or Latino

9.0%

Unknown

3.7%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Carrier

29.4%

Spanish

23.5%

German

11.8%

Portuguese

5.9%

Japanese

5.9%

French

5.9%

Russian

5.9%

Urdu

5.9%

Thai

5.9%
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Senior Solutions Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.9%

Northeastern University

8.3%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

7.1%

Brigham Young University

6.0%

University of North Texas

6.0%

University of Texas at Austin

6.0%

Arizona State University

4.8%

Stanford University

4.8%

George Washington University

4.8%

University of Washington

4.8%

College of DuPage

3.6%

Wright State University

3.6%

University of Kentucky

3.6%

Boston University

3.6%

Walden University

3.6%

University of Colorado at Boulder

3.6%

New York University

3.6%

Pennsylvania State University

3.6%

University of Houston

3.6%

Santa Clara University

3.6%
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Majors

Computer Science

18.2%

Business

16.0%

Electrical Engineering

10.8%

Computer Engineering

6.6%

Computer Information Systems

6.3%

Information Technology

6.0%

Management

4.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.4%

Computer Networking

3.4%

Management Information Systems

3.1%

Finance

2.8%

Accounting

2.8%

Project Management

2.6%

Engineering

2.6%

Education

2.3%

Marketing

2.3%

Industrial Engineering

2.0%

Communication

1.7%

Information Systems

1.7%

Economics

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.5%

Masters

26.3%

Other

19.7%

Associate

5.4%

Certificate

2.9%

Doctorate

1.7%

Diploma

0.6%
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Real Senior Solutions Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Manager Solutions Engineer Quantum Corporation Irvine, CA Aug 29, 2016 $192,000
Senior Solutions Engineer Palerra, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jan 06, 2016 $170,000
SR. Solutions Engineer Mellanox Technologies Sunnyvale, CA Mar 09, 2015 $155,000
SR. Enterprise Solutions Engineer Apptio, Inc. Bellevue, WA Apr 04, 2016 $150,000
Senior Solutions Engineer Rocket Fuel, Inc. New York, NY May 16, 2016 $145,000
Senior Solutions Engineer Rocket Fuel, Inc. New York, NY Jun 29, 2016 $145,000
Senior Solutions Engineer Rocket Fuel, Inc. Redwood City, CA Apr 27, 2016 $145,000
Senior Solutions Engineer Sponsorpay D.B.A Fyber San Francisco, CA Jun 12, 2015 $140,000
Senior Solutions Engineer Ralph Lauren Corporation New York, NY Mar 23, 2015 $140,000
Senior Solutions Engineer ZT Group Int'l, Inc. Secaucus, NJ Sep 23, 2015 $140,000
Senior Solution Engineer Deloitte Consulting LLP Lake Mary, FL Jun 30, 2016 $138,500 -
$227,800
Senior Solutions Engineer Couchbase, Inc. Coppell, TX Nov 08, 2016 $138,299 -
$165,000
Senior Solutions Engineer Appnexus Inc. New York, NY Nov 04, 2016 $138,133
Senior Solutions Engineer ZT Group Int'l, Inc. Secaucus, NJ Jul 12, 2016 $134,909
Senior Solution Engineer Deloitte Consulting LLP Swedesboro, NJ Oct 17, 2016 $91,229 -
$125,000
Advisory Onsite Senior Solution Engineer Deloitte & Touche LLP Lake Mary, FL Feb 12, 2016 $91,100
Senior Solutions Engineer Kuehne + Nagel, Inc. Charlotte, NC Mar 08, 2016 $91,000 -
$110,000
Senior Solutions Engineer Cyberthink Inc. Gaithersburg, MD Oct 29, 2016 $91,000
Senior Solution Engineer Deloitte Consulting LLP Lake Mary, FL Sep 19, 2015 $90,834 -
$122,000
Senior Solution Engineer Deloitte Consulting LLP Denver, CO Jun 09, 2016 $90,814 -
$132,100
Senior Solution Engineer Deloitte Consulting LLP New York, NY Nov 15, 2016 $90,813 -
$125,000
Senior Solutions Engineer Tapad Inc. New York, NY Jul 11, 2016 $90,813 -
$100,000
Senior Solution Engineer Deloitte Consulting LLP Harrisburg, PA Dec 16, 2015 $81,973 -
$125,000
Senior Solution Engineer Deloitte Consulting LLP Camp Hill, PA May 20, 2016 $81,973 -
$132,100
Senior Solution Engineer Deloitte Consulting LLP Richmond, VA Dec 16, 2015 $81,973 -
$125,000
Senior Solution Engineer Deloitte Consulting LLP Lake Mary, FL Apr 29, 2016 $81,973 -
$125,000
Senior Solution Engineer Deloitte Consulting LLP Lake Mary, FL Apr 04, 2016 $81,952 -
$125,000
Senior Solution Engineer Deloitte Consulting LLP Lake Mary, FL May 17, 2016 $81,952 -
$125,000
Advisory Senior Solution Engineer Deloitte & Touche LLP Harrisburg, PA Jul 15, 2016 $81,700
Senior Solution Engineer Deloitte Consulting LLP Louisville, KY Nov 16, 2016 $81,429 -
$132,100

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Top Skills for A Senior Solutions Engineer

WebInfrastructurePl/SqlCloudArchitecturePre-SalesSupportCustomerServiceWindowsDatabaseDeliveryVmwareStorageFinancialRFPLinuxSQLServerEMCDisasterRecoveryIPTechnicalSupport

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Top Senior Solutions Engineer Skills

  1. Web
  2. Infrastructure
  3. Pl/Sql
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Served on Limelight's Cloud Services and Web Application Acceleration product advisory board.
  • Optimize vault infrastructure to maximize performance while minimizing costs.
  • Developed Oracle SQL views, PL/SQL functions, and stored procedures for reporting data retrieval.
  • Provide customer presentations on features and benefits of DDV's Cloud Backup Solution.
  • Advanced & designed Network Architecture Solutions.

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