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Embedded Systems November 2000 Vol13_12

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MERLINA TREVINO Embedded Salary Survey For the embedded systems developer, stereotypes abound. The image of young, specialized lngh-tech workers toiling in a computer-filled lab, sipping Jolt cola late into the night is popular with the media. But the results of ESPs 2000 Salary Survey paint a very different picture of the real embedded workforce and workplace. his year, for the first time, Embedded S;,stems Programming asked its readers questions about workplace conditions, salari es, and benefits in the embedded industry. This article presents that dat:.:'l, along with the answers to othe r relevant questions, so th at all embedded programmers can make more informed career choices. Survey says ESP has historically surveyed its readers in two very di ffe rent ways. In an annual Subscriber Study, the magazine 's publisher asks randomly selected anonymous subscribers for information about their role in the selection and purchasing process and the hardware, software, and development tools that they use. Data collected from the Subscriber Study is important to the maga- zine's publishe r because it is extremely valuable to adve rtisers. Advertise rs use information they glean from an individual Subscriber Study or a series of studies over a several year period to plan marketing strategies and target competi tors with large shares of the market. It is from these stud- ies that we know that C is still the language of choice for embedded work (it's hovered around 80% for the past few years), that the 8051 J -emains the most popular 8-bi t embedded processOJ- (aggregate of six different manu- facturers), and that the merger of Wind River and lSI created a powerhouse with no equal in the RTOS market. Embedded Systems Programming NOVEMBER 2000 85

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