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Working As A Software Systems Engineer Lead

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

  • $113,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Software Systems Engineer Lead 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 Systems Engineer Lead

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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Associate 2.4%
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Average Yearly Salary
$113,000
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$91,000
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$113,000
Median 50%
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Best Paying Company
Activision Blizzard
Highest Paying City
Redwood City, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
4.3 years
How much does a Software Systems Engineer Lead make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Software Systems Engineer Lead in the United States is $114,096 per year or $55 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $91,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $142,000.

Real Software Systems Engineer Lead Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Lead Software Engineer, Distributed Systems Turn Inc. Redwood City, CA Nov 04, 2013 $126,006 -
$170,000
Lead Software Systems Engineer Educational Testing Service Princeton, NJ Apr 18, 2016 $119,000
Lead Software Engineer, Distributed Server Systems 3M Company Pasadena, CA Sep 27, 2014 $115,926
Lead Software Systems Engineer Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company Greenwood Village, CO Mar 17, 2015 $115,000
Lead Software Engineer, Distributed Server Systems 3M Company Pasadena, CA Sep 27, 2013 $111,425
Infotainment Display System Software Lead Engineer General Motors Company Warren, MI Nov 21, 2016 $110,004
IT Lead Software Systems Engineer Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company Greenwood Village, CO Feb 09, 2015 $110,000
Systems Software Engineer (Lead Consultant) Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company Milwaukee, WI Mar 12, 2014 $107,800
Lead Software Systems Engineer Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company Greenwood Village, CO Jun 29, 2014 $107,619
IT Lead Software Systems Engineer Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company Overland Park, KS May 01, 2016 $104,000
Lead Software Systems Engineer Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company Greenwood Village, CO Mar 05, 2012 $100,000
Lead Software Systems Engineer Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company Greenwood Village, CO Jun 20, 2013 $97,000
IT Lead SW Systems Engineer Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company Overland Park, KS Dec 11, 2014 $95,000
Lead Software Systems Engineer Danlaw, Inc. Auburn Hills, MI Sep 16, 2013 $95,000
Lead Engineer-System Software Sasken Communication Technologies, Ltd. Holtsville, NY Sep 30, 2016 $90,626
Lead Engineer-System Software Sasken Communication Technologies, Ltd. Holtsville, NY Oct 10, 2016 $90,626
Lead Engineer, Embedded Software Systems General Electric Company Minden, NV Aug 09, 2013 $90,600
Lead Engineer-System Software Sasken Communication Technologies Ltd. Miramar, FL May 01, 2016 $85,363
Lead Engineer-System Software Sasken Communication Technologies Ltd. Miramar, FL Mar 15, 2016 $85,363

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Top Skills for A Software Systems Engineer Lead

  1. Software Development
  2. Windows XP
  3. SQL
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  • Delegated the application development activities within the software development team.
  • Install and configure Pub/Sub Websphere MQ clients on Windows XP, Sun Solaris, and RedHat Linux platforms.
  • Create all aspects of a database including T-SQL, Stored-procedures, triggers, functions, and views.
  • Streamlined Grain Loss software algorithms (C/C++ APP SW) to display more accurately Display Bars for end user.
  • Provided 2nd level engineering support for Model 1 Full Capacity (M1FC).

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Software Systems Engineer Lead Demographics

Gender

Male

79.6%

Unknown

12.0%

Female

8.4%
Ethnicity

White

54.7%

Asian

14.3%

Hispanic or Latino

13.4%

Black or African American

12.3%

Unknown

5.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Japanese

22.2%

Chinese

11.1%

Czech

11.1%

French

11.1%

Persian

11.1%

Slovak

11.1%

Russian

11.1%

Arabic

11.1%
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Software Systems Engineer Lead Education

Schools

Georgia Institute of Technology -

8.0%

Johns Hopkins University

8.0%

Harvard University

6.0%

Drexel University

6.0%

George Washington University

6.0%

Northeastern University

6.0%

University of Arizona

6.0%

Stevens Institute of Technology

6.0%

University of Maryland - University College

4.0%

University of Connecticut

4.0%

Arizona State University

4.0%

Chestnut Hill College

4.0%

California State University - Los Angeles

4.0%

Christopher Newport University

4.0%

University of California - San Diego

4.0%

University of Central Florida

4.0%

University of California - Santa Barbara

4.0%

Webster University

4.0%

University of Illinois at Chicago

4.0%

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

4.0%
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Majors

Computer Science

28.6%

Electrical Engineering

13.6%

Computer Engineering

7.1%

Project Management

5.8%

Systems Engineering

5.2%

Computer Information Systems

5.2%

Business

5.2%

Information Technology

4.5%

Information Systems

3.9%

Management

3.2%

Finance

2.6%

Physics

2.6%

Information Sciences

1.9%

Mathematics

1.9%

Mechanical Engineering

1.9%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.3%

Aviation

1.3%

Computer Applications

1.3%

Accounting

1.3%

Communication

1.3%
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Degrees

Masters

48.3%

Bachelors

34.4%

Other

10.0%

Doctorate

3.3%

Certificate

2.8%

Associate

1.1%
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