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Working As A Solutions Engineer

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

  • $82,324

    Average Salary

What Does A Solutions 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 Solutions 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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Solutions Engineer Career Paths

Solutions Engineer
Senior Solutions Engineer Senior Solutions Architect Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Software Development Manager
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Adjunct Instructor Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director, Technical Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Engineer Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Product Manager District Sales Manager Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Engineer Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Product Manager Sales Consultant Solution Specialist
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Network Administrator Technical Support Engineer
Technical Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Program Manager Product Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Project Leader Manager Applications Development
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Program Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Technical Director Vice President Of Engineering
Vice President Of Software Engineering
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager Product Management Director
Vice President, Product Management
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Engineering Manager Director Of Software Development
Vice President, Software Development
11 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Senior Manager Information Technology Director
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Engineer 4.2 years
Service Engineer 3.3 years
Engineer 3.2 years
Systems Engineer 3.1 years
Solutions Engineer 3.0 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 5.9%
Engineer 3.9%
Internship 3.0%
Top Employers After
Consultant 8.7%
Engineer 3.5%

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Solutions Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

81.3%

Female

16.2%

Unknown

2.5%
Ethnicity

White

56.8%

Hispanic or Latino

14.2%

Asian

13.9%

Black or African American

10.6%

Unknown

4.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

27.7%

Carrier

15.4%

Chinese

9.2%

French

6.2%

Japanese

6.2%

Portuguese

4.6%

Malay

3.1%

Russian

3.1%

Thai

3.1%

Tamil

3.1%

German

3.1%

Arabic

3.1%

Dutch

1.5%

Mandarin

1.5%

Ukrainian

1.5%

Afrikaans

1.5%

Cantonese

1.5%

Dakota

1.5%

Italian

1.5%

Macedonian

1.5%
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Solutions Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.0%

George Washington University

7.0%

Northeastern University

7.0%

University of Maryland - College Park

5.9%

Rochester Institute of Technology

5.9%

University of Texas at Austin

5.4%

George Mason University

4.9%

Villanova University

4.3%

University of Maryland - University College

4.3%

Ohio State University

4.3%

Texas A&M University

4.3%

University of Houston

4.3%

Michigan State University

3.8%

Texas Tech University

3.8%

More Tech Institute

3.8%

University of Georgia

3.8%

Drexel University

3.8%

Bellevue University

3.8%

University of Alabama

3.2%

National University

3.2%
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Majors

Computer Science

19.5%

Business

16.8%

Electrical Engineering

9.7%

Computer Information Systems

7.2%

Information Technology

7.1%

Computer Networking

4.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.2%

Computer Engineering

3.9%

Mechanical Engineering

3.2%

Management Information Systems

3.1%

Communication

2.8%

Information Systems

2.8%

Project Management

2.4%

Management

2.3%

Industrial Engineering

1.9%

Engineering

1.9%

Marketing

1.8%

Finance

1.7%

Accounting

1.6%

Education

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.3%

Masters

22.9%

Other

17.8%

Associate

9.4%

Certificate

3.1%

Doctorate

1.3%

Diploma

1.0%

License

0.2%
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Real Solutions Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Open Source Analytics Solution Engineer IBM Corporation San Francisco, CA Jul 23, 2016 $195,648
Solution Engineer Google Inc. New York, NY Aug 24, 2016 $181,400
Solution Engineer Google Inc. New York, NY Aug 16, 2016 $181,400
ADS Solutions Engineer Google Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 29, 2016 $177,000
Solutions Engineer Hortonworks, Inc. North Bergen, NJ Apr 25, 2016 $170,000
Solutions Engineer Cloudflare, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 07, 2016 $169,000
Solutions Engineer Alcatel Lucent USA, Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 10, 2015 $160,000 -
$179,988
Solutions Engineer Hortonworks, Inc. Wayne, NJ Aug 22, 2016 $160,000
Solutions Engineer Hortonworks, Inc. Fairfax, VA Jul 11, 2016 $160,000
Solution Engineer III The TJX Companies, Inc. Framingham, MA Aug 15, 2016 $160,000
Partner Solutions Engineer Hortonworks, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Apr 29, 2016 $157,250
Lead Solution Engineer-Customer Facing Capriza Inc. Palo Alto, CA Nov 17, 2016 $155,000
Solutions Engineer I Cadence Design Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Dec 01, 2016 $94,781 -
$118,300
Solutions Engineer Edgecast Networks, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Apr 27, 2015 $94,505
Applications Solutions Engineer General Networks Corporation Glendale, CA Sep 10, 2015 $94,286
Solution Engineer Deloitte Consulting LLP Lake Mary, FL Oct 26, 2015 $94,106 -
$95,000
Solution Engineer Integrated Research Inc. Denver, CO May 15, 2015 $93,974 -
$110,500
Solution Engineer Deloitte Consulting LLP Boston, MA Jun 21, 2016 $93,518 -
$105,000
Solution Engineer Stanley Security Solution, Inc. Indianapolis, IN Jul 20, 2016 $93,293
BI Solutions Engineer Third I Inc. Charlotte, NC Sep 05, 2016 $69,850
Solution Engineer Deloitte Consulting LLP Lake Mary, FL Nov 23, 2016 $69,847 -
$118,500
Solution Engineer Deloitte Consulting LLP Lake Mary, FL Sep 22, 2015 $69,846 -
$95,000
Solution Engineer Deloitte Consulting LLP Dallas, TX Sep 22, 2015 $69,846 -
$95,000
Solution Engineer Deloitte Consulting LLP Lake Mary, FL Nov 16, 2015 $69,805 -
$105,000
Solution Engineer Deloitte Consulting LLP Lake Mary, FL Jun 06, 2016 $69,805 -
$118,500
Solutions Engineer Ingenico Inc. Alpharetta, GA Sep 14, 2016 $69,800 -
$89,800
Solution Engineer Deloitte Consulting LLP Norfolk, VA May 06, 2016 $69,764 -
$118,500

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Top Skills for A Solutions Engineer

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  1. Technical Support
  2. Windows XP
  3. Computer
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  • Provide technical support leadership and expertise within the Global Technical Support organization.
  • Install, configure, repair and manage Windows operating systems (Windows XP, Vista, Windows7 and Windows 8).
  • Designed the automation and migration of several manually operations to computer based systems.
  • Learned Harmony and Melody Motorola products which resulted in providing quality customer service.
  • Lead infrastructure (firewall, Exchange/Domain Servers) configuration calls to prepare customers for implementation of wireless email services.

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