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Working As A Software Automation Engineer

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

  • $87,006

    Average Salary

What Does A Software Automation 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 Software Automation 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
Software Designer 3.1 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 2.5%
Programmer 2.0%
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Software Automation Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

68.9%

Female

23.2%

Unknown

7.9%
Ethnicity

White

39.2%

Asian

26.0%

Unknown

16.1%

Hispanic or Latino

12.2%

Black or African American

6.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.0%

Portuguese

12.5%

Japanese

12.5%

French

12.5%

Vietnamese

12.5%
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Software Automation Engineer Education

Schools

University of Texas at Dallas

9.5%

Santa Clara University

7.1%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

7.1%

ITT Technical Institute-Boise

4.8%

University of Connecticut

4.8%

Arizona State University

4.8%

San Jose State University

4.8%

University of California - San Diego

4.8%

National University

4.8%

University of Central Oklahoma

4.8%

Brigham Young University

4.8%

Pennsylvania State University

4.8%

University of Alabama at Huntsville

4.8%

San Diego State University

4.8%

University of Oklahoma

4.8%

Florida Atlantic University

4.8%

Colorado State University

4.8%

Illinois Institute of Technology

4.8%

University of Texas at Arlington

2.4%

Texas A&M University

2.4%
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Majors

Computer Science

35.9%

Computer Engineering

14.5%

Business

11.5%

Electrical Engineering

9.9%

Finance

3.8%

Information Systems

3.8%

Computer Information Systems

3.1%

Information Technology

3.1%

Marketing

2.3%

Management

1.5%

Information Sciences

1.5%

Military Applied Sciences

1.5%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.5%

Industrial Engineering

1.5%

Data Processing

0.8%

Community Organization And Advocacy

0.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

0.8%

Mathematics

0.8%

Computer Applications

0.8%

Political Science

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

47.4%

Masters

39.5%

Other

5.3%

Associate

3.3%

Doctorate

2.0%

Certificate

1.3%

Diploma

1.3%
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Real Software Automation Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Software Automation Engineer Netflix, Inc. Los Gatos, CA Feb 02, 2015 $250,000
Senior Software Automation Engineer Netflix Los Gatos, CA Oct 02, 2016 $250,000
Software Engineer II, Automated Trading Products Trading Technologies Chicago, IL May 02, 2016 $156,168
Software Engineer-Test Automation Houzz, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Aug 18, 2014 $150,000
Software Engineer, Infrastructure Automation Salesforce.Com, Inc. CA Aug 21, 2015 $145,000
Software Engineer, Test and Automation Viasat, Inc. San Jose, CA Jul 06, 2016 $142,376
Quality Engineering Software Automation Engineer Adobe Systems Incorporated San Francisco, CA Dec 09, 2016 $142,000
Walmart Labs-Automation Engineer-Senior Software E Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. Mountain View, CA Apr 03, 2014 $140,000
Lmts, Tools and Automation Software Engineer Salesforce.Com, Inc. San Mateo, CA Jul 01, 2013 $140,000
Test Automation Software Engineer Intermodal Data, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Oct 14, 2015 $138,500
ZFS Storage Test Automation Software Engineer Intermodal Data, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Apr 15, 2016 $138,403
Software Automation Engineer Calient Technologies, Inc. Goleta, CA Nov 15, 2016 $135,491
Senior Software Automation Engineer Oportun, Inc. Redwood City, CA Mar 28, 2016 $135,000
Test Automation Engineer, Software Development Verint Systems Inc. Santa Clara, CA Aug 28, 2015 $134,534
Semiconductor Software & Automation Design Engineer Sevenstar Electronics Inc. Minnetonka, MN Jan 05, 2016 $111,031
Automation Software Engineer Zentek Automation Us, Inc. Glendale, CA Oct 01, 2014 $110,000
Software Engineer, Automation Appdynamics, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 22, 2014 $110,000
IOS Wireless Automation Software Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jan 14, 2013 $110,000 -
$130,000
Software Automation Engineer Clearslide, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jul 29, 2013 $110,000
Software Automation Engineer Fusion-IO, Inc. San Jose, CA Feb 11, 2013 $109,138
Software Automation Engineer Mega Professionals International Inc. Mountain View, CA Feb 13, 2014 $108,160
Software Automation Engineer Grubhub Holdings, Inc. Chicago, IL Oct 19, 2015 $108,000
Senior Software Automation Engineer Monsanto Company Saint Louis, MO Oct 22, 2015 $89,856 -
$107,900
Software Automation Engineer-Senior Citizens Property Insurance Corporation Jacksonville, FL Apr 30, 2016 $89,251
Software Automation Engineer-Senior Citizens Property Insurance Corporation Jacksonville, FL Jul 03, 2016 $89,251
Automation Engineer Software QA III Bose Corporation Framingham, MA Dec 12, 2016 $88,900 -
$102,000
Software Automation Engineer Istream Solutions, Inc. Vienna, VA Aug 27, 2015 $88,878
Software Automation Engineer Istream Solutions, Inc. Vienna, VA Sep 25, 2016 $88,878
Software Automation Engineer Galaxe.Solutions, Inc. Vienna, VA Aug 27, 2015 $88,878

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Top Skills for A Software Automation Engineer

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  1. Test Plans
  2. Web
  3. Business Requirements
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  • Analyzed system specification and developed Test plans for System and Integration Testing.
  • Worked with Selenium WebDriver to create selenium automation scripts in java and performed Functional Testing and automated Regression Testing.
  • Studied Application architecture, database design, business requirements and identified their corresponding components scheduled for move.
  • Used PL/SQL to create and manage test data on Oracle database.
  • Developed an automation framework leveraging Quick Test Pro and Quality Center.

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