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Working As a Software Engineer-Consultant

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

  • $104,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Software Engineer-Consultant 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 Engineer-Consultant

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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Software Engineer-Consultant Career Paths

Software Engineer-Consultant
Senior Software Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Software Development Manager
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Manager Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Programmer Analyst Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Principal Software Engineer Software Development Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Principal Software Engineer Software Development Manager Director Of Software Development
Vice President Of Software Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Project Manager Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Principal Software Engineer Engineering Manager Information Technology Manager
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Lead Lead Technician Information Technology Director
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Lead Program Manager Business Development Director
Solutions Director
13 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Lead Lead Technician Technical Project Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Software Consultant Systems Administrator Senior Technologist
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
Software Consultant Project Leader Delivery Manager
Senior Delivery Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Manager Applications Development Application Development Director
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
Developer/Consultant Instructional Designer User Experience Designer
User Experience Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Software Consultant Database Administrator ETL Developer
Product Lead
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Software Designer 3.2 years
Software Engineer 3.0 years
Software Developer 2.6 years
Top Careers Before Software Engineer-Consultant
Consultant 5.2%
Programmer 2.9%
Internship 1.5%
Engineer 1.5%
Top Careers After Software Engineer-Consultant
Consultant 7.6%
Developer 2.0%

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Average Yearly Salary
$104,000
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$80,000
Min 10%
$104,000
Median 50%
$104,000
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Best Paying Company
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Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
2.8 years
How much does a Software Engineer-Consultant make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Software Engineer-Consultant in the United States is $104,736 per year or $50 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $80,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $135,000.

Real Software Engineer-Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Consultant Software Engineer EMC Corporation Menlo Park, CA Aug 01, 2016 $175,000
Engineering Consultant Well Completions Software Modeling Gibson Applied Technology & Engineering, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 10, 2015 $175,000
Consultant Software Engineer EMC Corporation Santa Clara, CA Apr 03, 2016 $164,382
Consultant Software Engineer EMC Corporation Santa Clara, CA Jun 01, 2015 $160,650
Consultant Software Engineer EMC Corporation Hopkinton, MA Apr 29, 2016 $157,000 -
$170,850
Consultant Software Engineer EMC Corporation Pleasanton, CA Feb 23, 2015 $155,000 -
$169,150
Consultant Software Engineer EMC Corporation New York, NY Aug 01, 2016 $155,000
Consultant Software Engineer EMC Corporation Palo Alto, CA Apr 27, 2015 $152,776 -
$170,850
Consultant Software Engineer EMC Corporation Santa Clara, CA Jul 20, 2015 $152,776 -
$170,850
Consultant Software Engineer EMC Corporation Santa Clara, CA Jun 06, 2015 $151,000
Software Engineer/Consultant Cake Solutions, Inc. New York, NY Oct 10, 2016 $150,000 -
$180,000
Consultant Software Engineer EMC Corporation Santa Clara, CA Jul 18, 2016 $148,750 -
$170,850
Consulting Engineer, Software Omnicell, Inc. Mountain View, CA Sep 30, 2015 $142,843
Consulting Engineer, Software Omnicell, Inc. Mountain View, CA Dec 15, 2015 $142,465
Consultant Software Engineer EMC Corporation Pleasanton, CA Jan 11, 2015 $126,630 -
$169,150
Consultant Software Engineer EMC Corporation Hopkinton, MA Sep 03, 2015 $125,500 -
$170,850
Consultant Software Engineer EMC Corporation Hopkinton, MA Jan 30, 2015 $125,500 -
$170,850
Software Engineer-Music/Audio Consultant Realtime Music Solutions, LLC New York, NY Sep 16, 2015 $125,220
Software Engineering Consultant Lowe's Companies, Inc. Mooresville, NC Jan 08, 2015 $125,000
Consultant Software Engineer EMC Corporation Santa Clara, CA Sep 23, 2015 $124,950 -
$169,150
Consulting Software Engineer Reed Elsevier, Inc. (Lexisnexis Division) Raleigh, NC Dec 12, 2016 $124,384 -
$147,840
Consultant Software Engineer Staples, Inc. Framingham, MA May 08, 2016 $123,083
Software Engineer/Consultant Theme Soft Inc. Beaverton, OR Jun 17, 2016 $106,437 -
$135,655
Software Engineer/Consultant Theme Soft Inc. Beaverton, OR Jun 27, 2016 $106,437 -
$135,655
Consulting Software Engineer Reed Elsevier, Inc. (Lexisnexis Division) Miamisburg, OH Nov 26, 2015 $105,700 -
$164,402
Software Engineer/Consultant Theme Soft, Inc. Oakbrook Terrace, IL May 10, 2015 $105,456 -
$219,135
Consulting Software Engineer OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. Dublin, OH Jul 06, 2016 $101,220
Software Consulting Engineer Cisco Systems, Inc. Denver, CO Sep 01, 2015 $100,360 -
$143,800
Software Consulting Engineer Cisco Systems, Inc. Austin, TX Jan 06, 2016 $100,152 -
$143,800

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Top Skills for A Software Engineer-Consultant

  1. Web Application
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Database
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed Single Page Web Applications Supported small businesses interpret detailed online sales data using Microsoft SQL Server
  • Developed LODESTAR replacement batch job using C#, Quartz.NET, Oracle PL/SQL, and Oracle Utilities Energy Information Platform.
  • Develop and maintain a comprehensive windows hardware and software configuration database/library of all supporting documentation develop and promote standard operating procedures.
  • Designed and implemented keyboard mapping utility for Telnet application in C++.
  • Prepare test cases for ATM and whole Bank world application and ran User Acceptance Testing (UAT).

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Software Engineer-Consultant Demographics

Gender

Male

75.7%

Female

14.6%

Unknown

9.8%
Ethnicity

White

53.8%

Asian

18.9%

Hispanic or Latino

11.9%

Black or African American

9.3%

Unknown

6.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.6%

German

15.6%

Chinese

9.4%

French

9.4%

Carrier

6.3%

Dutch

3.1%

Japanese

3.1%

Hindi

3.1%

Mandarin

3.1%

Arabic

3.1%

Italian

3.1%
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Software Engineer-Consultant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

8.9%

San Jose State University

6.5%

University of Texas at Austin

6.5%

Boston University

6.5%

University of Texas at Dallas

6.1%

George Washington University

5.3%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

5.3%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.9%

University of Colorado at Boulder

4.9%

Illinois Institute of Technology

4.5%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

4.5%

National University

4.1%

Arizona State University

4.1%

Ohio State University

4.1%

Pennsylvania State University

4.1%

University of Central Florida

4.1%

University of California - San Diego

4.1%

University of Pittsburgh -

4.1%

Northeastern University

4.1%

Texas A&M University

3.7%
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Majors

Computer Science

40.1%

Electrical Engineering

11.1%

Computer Engineering

11.0%

Business

7.5%

Computer Information Systems

4.4%

Information Technology

3.5%

Mathematics

2.4%

Information Systems

2.3%

Computer Applications

2.1%

Engineering

2.0%

Mechanical Engineering

1.9%

Physics

1.8%

Finance

1.8%

Management Information Systems

1.6%

Management

1.4%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.1%

Computer Programming

1.1%

Project Management

1.0%

Marketing

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.7%

Masters

35.6%

Other

9.9%

Doctorate

3.2%

Associate

3.0%

Certificate

1.5%

Diploma

1.1%

License

0.1%
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