"test scripts," "python," and "test results" aren't the only skills we found senior test engineers list on their resumes. In fact, there's a whole list of senior test engineer responsibilities that we found, including:
After discovering the most helpful skills, we moved onto what kind of education might be helpful in becoming a senior test engineer. We found that 66.1% of senior test engineers have graduated with a bachelor's degree and 17.2% of people in this position have earned their master's degrees. While most senior test engineers have a college degree, you may find it's also true that generally it's possible to be successful in this career with only a high school degree. In fact, our research shows that one out of every eight senior test engineers were not college graduates.
Those senior test engineers who do attend college, typically earn either a electrical engineering degree or a computer science degree. Less commonly earned degrees for senior test engineers include a electrical engineering technology degree or a computer engineering degree.
Once you've obtained the level of education you're comfortable with, you might start applying to companies to become a senior test engineer. We've found that most senior test engineer resumes include experience from General Dynamics, NCR, and Lockheed Martin. Of recent, General Dynamics had 239 positions open for senior test engineers. Meanwhile, there are 48 job openings at NCR and 13 at Lockheed Martin.
Since salary is important to some senior test engineers, it's good to note that they are figured to earn the highest salaries at Twitter, LinkedIn, and Groupon. If you were to take a closer look at Twitter, you'd find that the average senior test engineer salary is $135,387. Then at LinkedIn, senior test engineers receive an average salary of $133,259, while the salary at Groupon is $127,296.
If you earned a degree from the top 100 educational institutions in the United States, you might want to take a look at IBM, Lockheed Martin, and Cisco Systems. These three companies have hired a significant number of senior test engineers from these institutions.