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What Is an Embedded Software Engineer and How to Become One

Embedded Software Engineer

What Is an Embedded Software Engineer?

Embedded software is installed on devices that operate like personal computers. Examples of embedded software can be found in geographic positioning systems, or GPS devices, smart watches, and calculators. Embedded software engineers perform a range of embedded software engineering functions, including running system software updates and designing software for embedded systems. Embedded software engineers also advise on product development, approve new product designs, and optimize the product lifecycle.

How to Become an Embedded Software Engineer

Embedded software engineers design, test, and manage built-in system software that is used in simple and sophisticated electronic devices. You can become an embedded software engineer by earning a bachelor’s degree in computer science or management information systems. Focus your coursework in software development, embedded systems, product development, system software, engineering services, and programming. As you complete your degree, seek internships to gain hands-on experience, then pursue a full-time, part-time, or independent contractor position as an embedded software engineer.

How to Be a Good Embedded Software Engineer

Good embedded software engineers have experience in management, product development, engineering services, data analysis, and system software development. Embedded software engineering is often accompanied by challenges – good embedded software engineers have the skills in product lifecycle management, C programming, schematics, and C assembly to overcome these challenges. Also, good embedded software engineers must be skilled in critical thinking and process optimization and know about embedded software devices, such as mobile phones, GPS systems, Bluetooth, and home security systems.