What does a Principal Software Engineer do?

On the most basic level, software engineers write, debug, maintain, and test software that instructs a computer to accomplish certain tasks, such as saving information, performing calculations, etc. A software engineer will convert what needs to happen into one of many programming languages, the most common of which being Java, C++ and Python.

While many are self taught, most software engineers have obtained an undergraduate or graduate degree in computer science or computer engineering. The career of a software engineer typically follows one of two primary paths: they either progress through greater responsibility and ownership over technical architecture and systems or they progress into managing teams of software engineers and help orchestrate larger projects and help develop and mentor more junior engineers.

What responsibilities are common for Principal Software Engineer jobs?
  • Analyze, design and develop tests and test-automation suites.
  • Design and develop a processing platform using various configuration management technologies.
  • Test software development methodology in an agile environment.
  • Provide ongoing maintenance, support and enhancements in existing systems and platforms.
  • Collaborate cross-functionally with data scientists, business users, project managers and other engineers to achieve elegant solutions.
  • Provide recommendations for continuous improvement.
  • Work alongside other engineers on the team to elevate technology and consistently apply best practices.
What are the typical qualifications for Principal Software Engineer jobs?
  • Hands-on experience working with technologies like Hadoop, Hive, Pig, Oozie, Map Reduce, Spark, Sqoop, Kafka, Flume, etc.
  • Strong DevOps focus and experience building and deploying infrastructure with cloud deployment technologies like ansible, chef, puppet, etc.
  • Experience with test-driven development and automated testing frameworks.
  • Experience with Scrum/Agile development methodologies.
  • Capable of delivering on multiple competing priorities with little supervision.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in computer science or equivalent experience.
  • We’re looking for someone with 3-5 years of experience in B2B, has a BS degree in computer science or similar, and is familiar with the following software/tools:
    • Experience with infrastructure automation technologies like Docker, Vagrant, etc.
    • Experience with build automation technologies like Maven, Jenkins, etc.
    • Experience with monitoring technologies like Nagios, Ganglia, etc.
    • Experience with modern programming languages like Java, Python, etc.
    • Experience with building APIs and services using REST, SOAP, etc.
    • Experience with scripting languages like Perl, Shell, etc.
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
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Career Opportunity
3.8 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Principal Software Engineer Salaries

Average Base Pay

€86,780 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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€70K
Median: €87K
€124K
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Principal Software Engineer Career Path

Learn how to become a Principal 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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Average Years of Experience

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Principal Software Engineer Insights

Read what Principal Software Engineer professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
PatientKeeperPatientKeeper
Principal Software Engineer
12 Apr 2021

“I personally find that to be one of the most fun and challenging facets of being an employee!”

CapgeminiCapgemini
Senior Software Engineer
21 Feb 2022

“Big Mnc and chance to get good projects and also provide learning and development platform which is quite helpful for freshers”

snapIoTsnapIoT
Software Engineer
13 Mar 2020

“Product is amazing to work on and is a good product of value in my opinion”

CapgeminiCapgemini
Senior Software Engineer
3 Feb 2022

“Is good for career growth and will get a chance to learn and start a good career”

CSGCSG
Software Engineering Intern
2 Apr 2021

“My manager was fantastic and it was always great talking to them whenever I got the chance”

Fulcrum ITFulcrum IT
Senior Software Engineer
17 Aug 2021

“I enjoyed working for Project Manager (middle management) who was very competent and good to work with.”

BehalfBehalf
Software Engineering Team Leader
12 Feb 2020

“Flexible working arrangements let me control my schedule and allow my spouse to stay late and flourish.”

Raytheon TechnologiesRaytheon Technologies
Software Engineer
30 Oct 2021

“Most of the people I've worked with across various are nice and enjoyable to work with.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of software engineers

Software engineers create and maintain computer systems software and applications software. Their daily duties may include designing new programs, analyzing and updating existing programs, and tracking software development on a variety of projects. Software engineers assess the needs of each project and work systematically through the development process to meet them.

Software engineering is a rapidly growing field with a lot of diverse opportunities within different industries. The demand for these professionals is expected to increase steadily as technology becomes more ingrained in customers' everyday lives, resulting in a higher amount of available software engineer jobs. If you are considering becoming a software engineer, you will likely be able to focus on an area of personal interest. This is due to the ample diversity this field offers.

Working as a software engineer may be difficult at times. These professionals need to diligently keep up with developing technology and program languages in order to remain relevant in the field. This job requires outstanding attention to detail and a desire to continue one's education throughout the entire duration of the career.

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