Article 64 - Software Engineering Positions Compared

Looking for a job position? Confused about the different positions? Trying to understand and prepare for questions related for each position? Then you have come to the right article.

This article will compare and constrast the different technical positions involved in common high tech companies.

Systems Software Engineer

These engineering positions involve a lot of low level systems programming such as kernel or device drivers.

These engineers may need to be proficient with low level concepts such as bit operations and are often involved with UNIX or LINUX kernel architectures such as x86, x64, or ARM.

In these positions, you may be required to program and debug kernel modules, kernel drivers, and device drivers. The involvement includes very low level operations such as reading and writing to registers, or bus.

Embedded Software Engineer

An Embedded Engineer works very closely and may overlap with the responsibilities of a Systems Software Engineer. However, an Embedded Engineer designs systems that are completely integrated into a particular device such as silicon chips in a car, application, or other equipment.

The difference in client and products that Embedded Engineers involve and that of those of Systems Software Engineer, is the end product.

Software Development Engineer

Software Development Engineer usually work with higher level programming such as programming interfaces, websites, or applications. Their end users are typically non-technical clients or customers.

These engineers use codes, Application Programming Interface (API), and Software Development Kits (SDK) designed from Systems Software Engineers.

In turn, these engineers take those frameworks and develop an application that is useful and polished for the rest of us.

Applications Software Engineer

Applications Software Engineer's primary purpose is to allow both technical and non-technical users accomplish complex tasks more efficiently.

For example, these engineers may program a statistics collecting application for internal bank clients who then read and interpret data as necessary.

Design and development of application software engineering is usually fast pace and very short, since requirements are often given ad hoc by internal customers who may need the application for immediate use.

Applications Software Engineers will normally double as supportist for the application that they develop.

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