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Working As A Systems Engineer Staff

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

  • $98,671

    Average Salary

What Does A Systems Engineer Staff 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 Systems Engineer Staff

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
Principal Engineer 4.7 years
Senior Engineer 4.3 years
Lead Engineer 3.4 years
Systems Engineer 3.2 years
Engineer 3.2 years
Top Employers Before
Engineer 3.9%
Top Employers After
Consultant 2.3%

Systems Engineer Staff Demographics

Gender

Male

74.5%

Female

22.6%

Unknown

2.9%
Ethnicity

White

75.8%

Asian

12.4%

Hispanic or Latino

8.0%

Unknown

3.2%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

25.0%

Hindi

12.5%

German

12.5%

Gujarati

12.5%

Cheyenne

12.5%

Mandarin

12.5%

Italian

12.5%
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Systems Engineer Staff Education

Schools

George Washington University

15.0%

University of Phoenix

10.0%

Johns Hopkins University

8.0%

Strayer University

7.0%

Colorado Technical University

7.0%

San Jose State University

6.0%

Texas Tech University

4.0%

Villanova University

4.0%

Regis University

4.0%

George Mason University

4.0%

Stevens Institute of Technology

4.0%

Syracuse University

3.0%

Southern Methodist University

3.0%

Temple University

3.0%

University of Alabama at Huntsville

3.0%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

3.0%

Santa Clara University

3.0%

Grantham University

3.0%

Pennsylvania State University

3.0%

DePaul University

3.0%
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Majors

Business

14.6%

Electrical Engineering

14.2%

Computer Science

11.3%

Systems Engineering

7.9%

Computer Information Systems

6.7%

Mechanical Engineering

5.0%

Information Technology

5.0%

Engineering And Industrial Management

4.2%

Management

3.8%

Computer Engineering

3.8%

Engineering

3.3%

Aerospace Engineering

3.3%

Computer Networking

2.9%

Project Management

2.9%

Accounting

2.1%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.1%

Mathematics

1.7%

Communication

1.7%

Information Systems

1.7%

Industrial Engineering

1.7%
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Degrees

Masters

41.6%

Bachelors

33.8%

Other

11.0%

Doctorate

6.6%

Certificate

4.4%

Associate

2.5%
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Real Systems Engineer Staff Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Staff Distributed Systems Engineer Medallia, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Jun 20, 2016 $200,000
Staff Systems Engineer Vmware, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Jul 03, 2016 $172,500
Staff Engineer, Control Systems Cheniere Energy, Inc. Gregory, TX Dec 19, 2016 $160,000
Systems Engineer Senior Staff I Samsung Electronics America, Inc. Herndon, VA Jun 06, 2016 $160,000 -
$190,000
Staff Systems Engineer Intuit Inc. Mountain View, CA May 31, 2016 $157,477 -
$180,000
Systems Engineer Senior Staff I Samsung Electronics America Inc. Herndon, VA Sep 14, 2015 $155,261
Staff Engineer, Distributed Systems Platfora Inc. San Mateo, CA Oct 17, 2016 $155,000 -
$165,000
Timing Staff Systems Engineer Silicon Laboratories Inc. Austin, TX Mar 05, 2015 $154,053
Staff Systems Engineer Wireless Standard Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. San Jose, CA Nov 07, 2016 $153,380 -
$169,700
Staff Systems Engineer/Signal Processing Qualcomm Technologies Inc. San Diego, CA Aug 17, 2016 $152,900 -
$169,900
Staff Systems Engineer/Graphics Qualcomm Technologies Inc. Santa Clara, CA Aug 10, 2015 $152,277 -
$163,700
Staff Systems Engineer Audience, Inc. Mountain View, CA Jul 02, 2015 $148,000
Staff Engineer, System Firmware Knowles Electronics, LLC Mountain View, CA Jul 25, 2016 $145,000
Staff Systems Engineer/Radio Architecture Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. San Jose, CA Mar 18, 2015 $143,499 -
$163,700
Staff System Engineer Futurewei Technologies, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jan 07, 2016 $125,800
Staff Multimedia Systems Engineer Qualcomm Technologies Inc. San Diego, CA Dec 12, 2016 $125,716 -
$154,400
Staff Engineer, Systems Linkedin Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Mar 27, 2015 $125,358 -
$203,200
Staff Systems Engineer/System Architecture Qualcomm Technologies Inc. San Diego, CA May 28, 2015 $125,091 -
$150,400
Staff Systems Engineer/3D Graphics Qualcomm Technologies Inc. San Diego, CA Feb 09, 2015 $125,070 -
$150,400
Staff Systems Engineer Inovant LLC Austin, TX Jun 20, 2016 $125,000 -
$145,000
Staff Systems Engineer Inovant LLC Austin, TX Dec 12, 2016 $125,000 -
$145,000
Systems Engineer Staff I Samsung Electronics America, Inc. Herndon, VA Jan 26, 2015 $124,868
Staff Systems Engineer Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. San Diego, CA Jun 17, 2016 $111,925 -
$154,400
Staff Systems Engineer Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. San Diego, CA Jan 28, 2016 $111,925 -
$167,800
Staff Systems Engineer Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. San Diego, CA Jun 03, 2015 $111,800 -
$167,800
Staff Systems Engineer Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. San Diego, CA Aug 21, 2015 $111,800 -
$167,800
Staff System Engineer Zenverge, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Oct 11, 2015 $111,222
Systems Engineer Senior Staff Cypress Semiconductor Corporation San Jose, CA May 01, 2016 $110,561
Staff Systems Engineer Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. San Diego, CA Jun 04, 2015 $110,448 -
$150,400
Staff Systems Engineer Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. San Diego, CA Feb 01, 2015 $110,448 -
$150,400

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Top Skills for A Systems Engineer Staff

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Top Systems Engineer Staff Skills

  1. Systems Engineering
  2. Hardware
  3. Proposal
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assisted Program 602 in the generation of Software/Systems Engineering documentation.
  • Monitored hardware health and status and provided remote troubleshooting assistance for fielded hardware.
  • Developed, wrote, and edited proposals.
  • Lead engineer for installation activities required to integrate the Combat Edge architecture into the Center for Innovation's Global Information Grid.
  • Coordinated Network and System Integration efforts of hardware and software that included new technology insertions to replace obsolete systems.

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