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Working As A Software Requirements Engineer

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

  • $98,260

    Average Salary

What Does A Software Requirements 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 Requirements 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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Software Requirements Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

62.2%

Female

29.7%

Unknown

8.1%
Ethnicity

White

74.6%

Asian

17.0%

Hispanic or Latino

7.8%

Unknown

0.4%

Black or African American

0.2%
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Languages Spoken

Dari

50.0%

Persian

50.0%

Software Requirements Engineer Education

Schools

George Mason University

12.0%

Manhattan College

8.0%

University of Oklahoma

8.0%

Villanova University

8.0%

University of Dayton

4.0%

University of Florida

4.0%

Colorado Heights University

4.0%

Ohio State University

4.0%

University of Texas at Dallas

4.0%

San Jacinto College District

4.0%

University of California - Riverside

4.0%

California State University - Northridge

4.0%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

4.0%

La Salle University

4.0%

Columbia University

4.0%

Union College (New York)

4.0%

Oklahoma State University

4.0%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

4.0%

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

4.0%

Strayer University

4.0%
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Majors

Computer Science

13.3%

Systems Engineering

10.0%

Computer Engineering

10.0%

English

6.7%

Electrical Engineering

6.7%

Human Resources Management

6.7%

Psychology

3.3%

Pharmacy

3.3%

Computer Information Systems

3.3%

Management Information Systems

3.3%

Mathematics

3.3%

Area Studies

3.3%

Mechanical Engineering

3.3%

Philosophy

3.3%

Engineering

3.3%

Accounting

3.3%

Information Technology

3.3%

Mathematics And Computer Science

3.3%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

3.3%

Project Management

3.3%
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Degrees

Masters

48.5%

Bachelors

39.4%

Certificate

6.1%

Other

3.0%

Associate

3.0%
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Real Software Requirements Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Staff Software, Requirements Engineer SONY Mobile Communications (USA) Inc. Redwood City, CA Jun 21, 2013 $120,000 -
$147,802
Senior Staff Software, Requirements Engineer SONY Ericsson Mobile Communications (USA) Inc. Redwood City, CA Jun 21, 2010 $117,520 -
$146,000
SW Requirements Engineer ZF Steering Systems LLC Northville, MI Aug 26, 2015 $95,493
Software Requirements Engineer Populus Group LLC Warren, MI Apr 01, 2016 $93,915
Software Requirements Engineer Magneti Marelli Holding USA, Inc. Auburn Hills, MI Apr 22, 2013 $90,000
Software Requirements Engineer PREH, Inc. Novi, MI Sep 02, 2015 $88,296
Software Requirements Engineer PREH, Inc. Novi, MI Jun 09, 2016 $65,825

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Top Skills for A Software Requirements Engineer

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Top Software Requirements Engineer Skills

  1. System-Level Software Requirements
  2. Battery Management System
  3. Web
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Led technology track for global intranet council meetings focused on web and information architecture standards.
  • Designed use cases and UML diagrams to illustrate functional workflow, and provided wireframes and mock-ups for user interface design.
  • Executed SQL database queries to fulfill upper management requests for Ad Hoc reporting.
  • Create process to capture roles and tasks for employees in previously non codified workspace for process improvement.
  • Directed requirements analysis and validation of aircraft software enhancements and discrepancy fixes.

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