What does an Embedded Software Engineer do?

Embedded software engineers develop and implement the software of embedded devices and systems including smart watches, digital TVs, and electronic control units in a car. They may also be responsible for the analysis and monitoring of the efficiency and stability of a system. They develop and implement embedded devices and systems and support software quality assurance while optimizing I/O performance. They provide post-production support when necessary.

Embedded software engineers develop, code, test, and troubleshoot system software, and they analyze, monitor, and improve system efficiency and stability. They will interface with hardware design and development. They are the designers of the first layer of code that runs on a device and need a full understanding of its hardware. Embedded software engineers know the schematics of hardware and have chip data sheets related to the codes written for them. Embedded software engineers need a bachelor's degree in computer science or management information systems.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.6 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.7 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Embedded Software Engineer Salaries

Average Base Pay

£40,999 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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£30K
Median: £41K
£57K
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Embedded Software Engineer Career Path

Learn how to become an Embedded Software Engineer, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Embedded Software Engineer Insights

Read what Embedded Software Engineer professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Picustech Software
Embedded Software Engineer
24 Sep 2021

“If you are keep for embedded devices then this is the best place to work.”

IBMIBM
Embedded Software Engineer
26 Aug 2021

“Working at IBM is good from career and works perspectives but it's actually not that great from an employers perspective.”

Nex Robotics
Embedded Engineer
16 Oct 2020

“Salary scale might be an issue but if you are looking for startup of your career then go for it!!!”

ST EngineeringST Engineering
Embedded Software Engineer
22 Oct 2021

“Good nice and good job”

Panasonic AutomotivePanasonic Automotive
AUTOSAR Embedded Software Engineer
28 Apr 2021

“Salary was good and equilvlient to work overload”

Prudent Communication Systems
Junior Embedded Software Engineer
30 Sep 2021

“here there is no any disadvantages but one thing is salary is not that much of hike will not be there... here”

Wipro Technologies
Embedded Developer
5 May 2021

“3) If we want band progression(Similar to promotion) we have to pass exams and write assignments.”

Ignitarium Technology SolutionsIgnitarium Technology Solutions
Embedded Software Engineer
28 Feb 2021

“Good projects and clientele.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of an embedded software engineer

When working as an embedded software engineer, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Embedded Linux, Operating Systems, Linux Kernel, Debugging and Java Software.

The most similar professions to embedded software engineer are:
  • Software Engineer
  • Software Developer
  • Java Developer
  • Full Stack Engineer

The most common qualifications to become an embedded software engineer is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.