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Become A Senior Systems Software Engineer

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Working As A Senior Systems Software Engineer

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

  • $109,763

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Systems Software Engineer Do

A Senior Systems Software Engineer ensures the stability and efficient operation of in-house information systems. They may work as employees or independent contractors in private industry or government agencies.

How To Become A Senior Systems 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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Real Senior Systems Software Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Systems Software Engineer Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Nov 21, 2016 $195,000
Engineer, SR. Principal-Software Systems Broadcom Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Feb 08, 2016 $192,000
SR. Systems Software Engineer Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Nov 19, 2015 $187,800 -
$205,478
Senior Systems Software Engineer Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Oct 05, 2016 $180,300
Senior System Software Engineer Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Oct 21, 2016 $180,000
SR. Systems Software Engineer Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Jul 14, 2016 $178,500
Senior Systems Software Engineer Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Jul 19, 2016 $177,000
Engineer, SR. Principal-Software Systems Broadcom Corporation Sunnyvale, CA May 14, 2016 $174,161
SR. Systems Software Engineer Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Jan 12, 2015 $170,000 -
$185,307
Senior Systems Software Engineer Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Jul 12, 2016 $169,000
Senior Systems Software Engineer Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Nov 14, 2016 $165,000
Senior Systems Software Engineer Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Jul 12, 2016 $165,000
SR. Systems Software Engineer Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Nov 19, 2015 $165,000 -
$186,216
Senior Systems Software Engineer Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Aug 16, 2016 $164,800
SR. Systems Software Engineer Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Jul 01, 2016 $146,000 -
$159,635
Senior Systems Software Engineer Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Jul 25, 2016 $146,000 -
$163,211
Engineer, SR. Staff-Software Systems Broadcom Corporation San Jose, CA Feb 04, 2015 $145,000
Senior Systems Software Engineer Nvidia Corporation Champaign, IL Jul 25, 2016 $145,000
Engineer, SR. Principal-Software Systems Broadcom Corporation Andover, MA Jan 23, 2015 $144,422
Senior System Software Engineer Akamai Technologies, Inc. Cambridge, MA Aug 03, 2016 $144,000 -
$170,000
Senior Systems Software Engineer Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Nov 14, 2016 $143,584 -
$169,469
Senior System Software Engineer Workboard Inc. Redwood City, CA Oct 17, 2016 $142,064
Engineer, SR. Staff-Software Systems Broadcom Corporation Irvine, CA Nov 03, 2016 $129,131
Engineer Senior Systems Software Nvidia Corporation Redmond, WA Sep 01, 2015 $128,710 -
$130,560
Engineer, SR. Staff-Software Systems Broadcom Corporation Irvine, CA Jul 07, 2016 $128,010
Senior Systems Software Engineer Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Oct 25, 2016 $127,900 -
$138,403
SR. Distributed Systems Software Engineer Teradata Operations, Inc. Austin, TX Sep 23, 2016 $127,000
Senior Systems Software Engineer Nvidia Corporation Austin, TX Aug 30, 2016 $126,310
Senior Systems Software Engineer Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Apr 27, 2016 $125,000 -
$161,255
Senior Systems Software Engineer Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Aug 17, 2016 $125,000 -
$136,266

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Top Skills for A Senior Systems Software Engineer

WebServicesWindowsXPDatabasePl/SqlC/C++HardwareTestProceduresLinuxArchitectureSoftwareDevelopmentUnixC #DeviceDriversXMLConfigurationManagementSoftwareRequirementsSQLServerManagementSystemSolarisSoftwareDesign

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Top Senior Systems Software Engineer Skills

  1. Web Services
  2. Windows XP
  3. Database
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Created various Windows /Restful Web Services, ETL packages with new functionality to provide infrastructure data to other departments.
  • Performed as Principal Investigator, Program Manager and Senior Software Engineer, programming in JAVA on Windows XP platform.
  • Used Enterprise Architect for the database design/software architecture, and the development was done on Eclipse.
  • Provided testing for Oracle PL/SQL algorithms present in the Oracle Database that processed the imported Excel Spreadsheet data.
  • Used ESCAPE and HEAL avionic database tools with C/C++ in accordance with DO-178B development standards.

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