× We offer our visitors 5 free video views. Download the free iOS app here for access to thousands of videos. Schools may contact us for full platform access.
Tourist 46d3c3692aa65b3ffa76bde319536cef

LEAD SOFTWARE ENGINEER: Math-Intensive Programming

About this video 

Richard is a leader software engineer for a modeling and simulation company. He focuses on math-intensive programming and helps make people's lives easier through code. He became interested in programming because he always enjoyed learning math and science, and was introduced to the field through a friend.

Degree: Game Development
Job Title: Lead Software Engineer

Job Summary: Software Developers

Job Description

Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or other device. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or control networks. Many software developers work for computer systems design and related services firms or software publishers. Others work in computer and electronic product manufacturing industries.

Software developers typically do the following:
- Analyze users’ needs, then design, test, and develop software to meet those needs
- Recommend software upgrades for customers' existing programs and systems
- Design each piece of the application or system and plan how the pieces will work together
- Create flowcharts and other models that instruct programmers how to write the software’s code
- Ensure that the software continues to function normally through software maintenance and testing
- Document every aspect of the application or system as a reference for future maintenance and upgrades
- Collaborate with other computer specialists to create optimum software

On-the-Job Training

Variable, depending on whether or not you get a degree. It's possible to learn development skills by building applications using a range of free resources on the internet.

Additional Info

Many software developers work for computer systems design and related services firms or software publishers. Some work in computer and electronic product manufacturing industries. Some developers telecommute (work away from the office).

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$60,000 - $145,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
25 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Long hours, Irregular
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Remote, Indoor, Home
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Patience, Problem solving skills, Creativity, Analytical skills, Technical skills, Mathematical skills

PathSource provides free English transcriptions for each of our informational interviews on video which will appear here after you have signed in. Our advanced transcriptions are highly interactive. They scroll down automatically as the video plays and users can jump to a specific part of the video by clicking on any word in the transcript.

For a small fee, we offer transcriptions in different languages, making PathSource a great tool for English Language Learners. This feature is currently available for customers in the education field only.

Please contact us at support@pathsoruce.com if you have any questions or would like to get a price quote for advanced transcripts offered in a second language.

P3.instances[0].transcript.parse_transcript_data({"transcript":"<p><span m='170'>My</span> <span m='250'>current</span> <span m='580'>job</span> <span m='990'>is</span> <span m='1540'>being</span> <span m='1940'>a lead</span> <span m='1990'>software</span> <span m='2440'>engineer</span> <span m='2910'>for a</span> <span m='3050'>modeling</span> <span m='3460'>and</span> <span m='3550'>simulation</span> <span m='4160'>company.</span> <span m='5450'>Pretty</span> <span m='5680'>much,</span> <span m='5920'>I</span> <span m='6020'>focus</span> <span m='6560'>on</span> <span m='7450'>very</span> <span m='8420'>math-intensive</span> <span m='9720'>programming,</span> <span m='10490'>both for</span> <span m='11690'>rendering,</span> <span m='12250'>3D</span> <span m='12630'>stuff,</span> <span m='13060'>and</span> <span m='13300'>physics.</span> </p><p><span m='13960'>Typical</span> <span m='14330'>day</span> <span m='14560'>for</span> <span m='14740'>me</span> <span m='15400'>is</span> <span m='16140'>going</span> <span m='16490'>into</span> <span m='16680'>the</span> <span m='16750'>office,</span> <span m='17630'>looking</span> <span m='17980'>at</span> <span m='18050'>a</span> <span m='18080'>bunch</span> <span m='18330'>of</span> <span m='18650'>requirements,</span> <span m='19370'>new</span> <span m='19490'>stuff</span> <span m='19750'>we're</span> <span m='19860'>going</span> <span m='19960'>to</span> <span m='20000'>be</span> <span m='20100'>working</span> <span m='20460'>on,</span> <span m='20830'>and</span> <span m='21360'>taking</span> <span m='21700'>on</span> <span m='21980'>lots</span> <span m='22290'>of</span> <span m='22340'>design</span> <span m='22740'>challenges.</span> <span m='23320'>Typically</span> <span m='23760'>from</span> <span m='23900'>the</span> <span m='23980'>real</span> <span m='24200'>world,</span> <span m='24980'>we</span> <span m='25040'>have</span> <span m='25140'>customers</span> <span m='25630'>that</span> <span m='25690'>come</span> <span m='25950'>to</span> <span m='26090'>us</span> <span m='26320'>with</span> <span m='27150'>either training</span> <span m='27540'>issues</span> <span m='27930'>they're</span> <span m='28130'>having</span> <span m='29040'>or</span> <span m='29550'>larger</span> <span m='29920'>scale</span> <span m='30170'>problems</span> <span m='30570'>they're</span> <span m='30660'>trying</span> <span m='30880'>to</span> <span m='30950'>solve,</span> <span m='31570'>and</span> <span m='32330'>sitting</span> <span m='32640'>there</span> <span m='33000'>and</span> <span m='33700'>making</span> <span m='34260'>their</span> <span m='34470'>lives</span> <span m='34760'>easier</span> <span m='35060'>through</span> <span m='35260'>code.</span> </p><p><span m='36100'>For</span> <span m='36230'>me,</span> <span m='36600'>it</span> <span m='36730'>started</span> <span m='37090'>off</span> <span m='37960'>kind</span> <span m='38130'>of</span> <span m='38240'>early</span> <span m='38610'>on.</span> <span m='38860'>I</span> <span m='38920'>liked</span> <span m='39240'>math</span> <span m='39670'>and</span> <span m='39790'>that</span> <span m='39980'>sort</span> <span m='40160'>of</span> <span m='40240'>thing,</span> <span m='40570'>and</span> <span m='40980'>science,</span> <span m='41620'>and</span> <span m='41780'>then</span> <span m='41990'>eventually</span> <span m='42580'>found</span> <span m='42800'>my</span> <span m='42950'>way</span> <span m='43280'>into</span> <span m='43960'>a</span> <span m='44020'>programming</span> <span m='44700'>through a</span> <span m='44970'>friend.</span> <span m='45990'>And</span> <span m='46770'>I</span> <span m='46850'>started</span> <span m='47300'>off</span> <span m='47600'>actually</span> <span m='49460'>doing</span> <span m='49810'>computer</span> <span m='50170'>science,</span> <span m='50760'>moved</span> <span m='51000'>to</span> <span m='51110'>the</span> <span m='51190'>gaming</span> <span m='51530'>world</span> <span m='51790'>for</span> <span m='51960'>a</span> <span m='52000'>bit,</span> <span m='52330'>and</span> <span m='52560'>then</span> <span m='53280'>eventually</span> <span m='53740'>went</span> <span m='53940'>to</span> <span m='54010'>the</span> <span m='54080'>simulation</span> <span m='54590'>world</span> <span m='54860'>just</span> <span m='55110'>for</span> <span m='55220'>a</span> <span m='55270'>little</span> <span m='55440'>more</span> <span m='55960'>career</span> <span m='56200'>civility.</span> </p><p><span m='57920'>What do</span> <span m='58120'>I</span> <span m='58250'>know</span> <span m='58480'>now?</span> <span m='59640'>I</span> <span m='59770'>would</span> <span m='60020'>say</span> <span m='60490'>putting</span> <span m='60900'>a</span> <span m='60970'>premium</span> <span m='61790'>on,</span> <span m='63250'>really,</span> <span m='63550'>product</span> <span m='63990'>development--</span> <span m='64610'>understanding</span> <span m='65260'>what</span> <span m='65430'>makes</span> <span m='65690'>a</span> <span m='65720'>good</span> <span m='65890'>product</span> <span m='66310'>and</span> <span m='66420'>what</span> <span m='66590'>make</span> <span m='66770'>something</span> <span m='67090'>usable,</span> <span m='67710'>and</span> <span m='68320'>actually</span> <span m='68660'>helps</span> <span m='69030'>people</span> <span m='69490'>or</span> <span m='69880'>makes</span> <span m='70130'>their</span> <span m='70240'>life</span> <span m='70500'>better,</span> <span m='70840'>I</span> <span m='70870'>should</span> <span m='71110'>say.</span> </p>","file":{"id":380330,"video_id":"3396225146001","name":"2398-Richard-LeadSoftwareEngineer","duration":72168,"thumbnail_url":null}});