What does a staff software engineer do on a day-to-day basis?
A Software Engineer, also known as a Software Developer, is a professional who creates and implements software solutions. They may work in an area such as information technology, programming or software development. A Software Engineer would generally be involved in the design, testing and implementation of a software solution. The work may be outsourced to a contractor, or accomplished in-house. In some cases, the end result of their work will be a software GUI (Graphical User Interface) or website that uses computer-based software.
The role of a Software Engineer is very broad and can include many tasks. These include: writing code (a program which implements a specific solution to a problem), designing software solutions, testing software solutions and maintaining their implementation. Working as a Software Engineer would require skills in both technical and non-technical areas. A Software Engineer may use the following skills: writing and understanding computer code, using debugging tools, using modelling software and using data modelling.
The skills and experience required to be a staff software engineer
To be a Staff Software Engineer you need to have a degree in any field, alternatively you can gain experience through part-time employment or freelance work. You will also need to build up a portfolio including project management skills, design and testing skills as well as communication and organisational skills. A software engineer would need to be able to use Microsoft Office tools, specifically Illustrator and PowerPoint, in order to be able to deliver a presentation.
In order to demonstrate their skills, staff software engineers will need to work with other team members to ensure that they can deliver a project.
* Knowledge of the MVC pattern. 
* Experience with html5, css3, php and mysql. 
* Experience with Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Flash and Microsoft Expression Web. 
* Experience with a range of practice tools in order to build a portfolio. 
* Knowledge of Office tools such as MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
How to become a staff software engineer
One of the easiest ways to get hired as a staff software engineer is to submit your CV to company recruiters via CVs that are available on job boards. However, you could also seek out employment by working through a recruitment agency. Your local college or university can also provide you with job opportunities in the software industry. Alternatively, you could speak to companies in your area of work and see if they require a software engineer. If you are interested in gaining experience, you could also enrol on a periodical course. 
Responsibilities of a software engineer include:
• Designing, testing and maintaining computer programs.
• Resolving problems in computer systems and networks.
• Liaising with other staff members to troubleshoot issues.
• Creating new software programs that meet a company’s requirements.   
• Create a software program that fits the needs of their employer, or modify an existing program so that it is more useful.  
• Create new programs that can be presented and demonstrated to clients, or modify existing programs to ensure they are more user-friendly.
• Produce accurate documentation describing how a program works. 
The benefits of being a staff software engineer
As a software engineer you will be ensuring that the software systems that your company uses to operate efficiently, effectively and profitably are fully functional and updated. You will be required to complete a large amount of testing on programs before they are put into production and distributed. As such, you will need good analytical skills as well as the ability to research complex problems thriftily so as not to miss any errors. You will also need to be organised and meticulous; you will have to ensure that the releases are done in a timely manner, the software is bug-free and all work is done efficiently. 
The staff software engineer entry level salary has risen  by 32.1%  between 2010/11 and 2011/12. For example, a starting salary of £23,500 in 2010/11 rose to £29,000 in 2011/12. The figure also did not include other bonuses such as overtime (an extra £400 on the above) and extra working hours .
Salary and job outlook for staff software engineers
The starting salary for a software engineer is in the region of £18,000 to £33,000. The median annual salary for a software engineer is in the region of £43,000 to £70,000. Software Engineers will have an average annual salary of £50,000 (median). The average salary for a software engineer is around £50,000.
The UK national average salary for a Software Engineer was £44,651 in 2015.
According to the BCS, the UK salary for a software engineer is £50000 per annum. The average salary for a software engineer is around £50,000. ~~ooOoo~~ In the United States, typical salaries range from $1 million to $2 million. The average salary for a software engineer is around $91,750.
According to the 2005 UK IT Salary Survey, the average salary for a software engineer is £39,950. The median annual salary for a software engineer is £32,500 and the initial salary after graduation is £20,000 – £25,000.