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How Do I Become an Embedded Software Engineer?

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  • Written By: YaShekia King
  • Edited By: E. E. Hubbard
  • Last Modified Date: 27 June 2014
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Embedded software engineers are professionals who develop and maintain computer software. They know how to integrate all computer components onto a single chip as well as how to develop microprocessor-based control systems. These individuals should be analytical, self-driven, deadline-oriented, and creative. To become an embedded software engineer, a person must complete at least four years of college training and gain experience working with a variety of computer programs.

An individual who wants to become an embedded software engineer can choose to complete a bachelor’s degree in fields such as computer science, computer engineering, or electrical engineering. To prepare for an embedded software engineer training program, completing high school courses in subjects such as the natural sciences, calculus, and even programming can be beneficial. Colleges that prepare you to become an embedded software engineer will require you to submit a copy of your high school diploma or the equivalent certification, a transcript to demonstrate mastery of these important subject areas, and an application for admission, in addition to scores from standardized tests.

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If you want to become an embedded software engineer, take introductory computer software engineering courses that cover basic computer functions, database basics, and operating systems. You should complete classes on various computer programming languages, and study software design and the implementation of software solutions. Coursework in quality assurance and even organizational psychology are part of a training program to become an embedded software engineer as well. Many of these program classes are available in traditional degree programs as well as online.

Becoming an embedded software engineer also requires you to become familiar with a variety of technological skills related to the industry, such as learning how to do data networking and master using computer networking technologies for local area networks (LANs). In addition, learning how to read and interpret software requirement specifications and the process for establishing testing environments for software is essential to working in this field. Concepts such as software architecture, algorithms, and software security, as well as global networks and gaming technology also are part of training programs to become an embedded software engineer.

While on your journey to become an embedded software engineer, look for internship opportunities that will give you the chance to gain hands-on experience in this field. Use your practical work experience to hone your teamwork skills, which are critical for becoming an embedded software engineer. In addition, practice strengthening your written and verbal communication, analytical, and problem-solving skills. Consider also completing a two-year master’s degree or four- to five-year doctoral degree in software engineering technology to create more advancement opportunities in this industry.

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