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Embedded Systems November 2000 Vol13_12

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FIGURE 1 50% 45% 40% 35% 30% 25% 20% 15% 10% 5% 0% High School Associates Bachelors Degree Masters Highest Degree Attained :: :::: : : :.: :j ), Doctoral are taken quite seriously. This year, the questionnaire used in the Editorial Survey was jointly devel- oped by the staff of Ernbedded Systerns Prograrnrning and an outside research firm . All other aspects of the survey were conducted by the research firm , includ ing disk programming and design, duplication, printing, mailing, data collection, cross tabulation, and preparation of the fina l research report. Individual participants were select- FIGURE l 30% - 20% 15% 10% 5% 0% 0 1-4 5-9 10-14 15-19 Years of Experience 20-24 25+ Education and training We don't have to tell you that embed- ded systems development is no easy Though useful at times, this infor- mation only begins to help the maga- zin e's editors figure out what types of articles and columns would be of most in terest and use to its 1 ·eaders. So ESP s editors conduct a separate urvey, about every two years. This Editorial Survey focuses on the informational wants and needs of a different group of randomly selected anonymous sub- scribers. The answers respondents give to a variety of questions about columns, columnists, and past and proposed future article topi cs help shape the magazin e's content for the next few years. eedless to ay, both survey are very important for the magazine and 86 NOVEMBER 2000 Embedded Systems Programming j ob. A high level of educational achievement is generally required to find even an entry-level position. As Figure 1 shows, 88% of respondents have earned at least a bachelor's degree, including an incredible 34% with a maste r's degree and 5% with a PhD. Of the remaining respondents, about 9% obtained a two-year degree Embedded Total ed via an n-th name sort of the U.S. sub criber list. In the spring, each of the 1,000 selected subscribers received a cover letter, survey diskette, pre-paid return mailer, and a crisp two-dollar bi ll (a "thanks in advance" for com- pleting their survey and return ing it). Of these, 22 mailings were returned by the post office as undeliverable. Of the others, 294 disks were returned valid and complete, and another 12 were damaged or unreadable. What all of tl1is means is that the survey was conducted blindly and sci- entifically and that the salary and other data collected is about as good as can be obtained. Of course, the resul ts are limi ted by the fact that only ESP readers were surveyed. And it's also limi ted to those ESP readers witl1 enough time to complete the survey and return it. But th e impressive response rate (greater than 30%) should mean the latter is not much of a factor. In all, more than one in 200 of your, randomly selected, voices were heard for this, our first ever, Ernbedded Salary Survey.

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