Software engineers are talented, creative individuals who take ideas and develop software solutions. Software engineers can work on systems software, such as computer or network operating systems, or other software responsible for computer functions. Software engineers can also work on application software, anything from word processing to games to sales systems. If you’re an analytical thinker who’s good at finding solutions, a software engineering position could be a perfect fit for you.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, software engineering is a growing occupation. It’s increasing at a rate faster than the national average, with 324,000 jobs in the ten years leading up to 2016.
Whether called software engineers, software developers or software programmers, the day-to-day operations of the job are typically the same. As a software engineer, you’ll be responsible for:
- developing and designing software
- creating software solutions
- project management
- software programming
Education and Skills
While demonstrated talent and aptitude can often outweigh specific educational requirements, software engineers will often hold a four-year degree in information technology, computer information systems or software engineering. Additional skills such as multiple programming languages will help you succeed in this in-demand career.
Employment Opportunities and Industries
While software engineers can find work in almost any business environment, the most common job opportunities include:
- consulting firms;
- software development companies;
- any business that uses customizable software requiring updating and maintenance on an on-going basis.
Software engineers are employed by companies and organizations across almost every industry including:
- Banking and financial services
- Political organizations
- Hospitals or other healthcare facilities
Consider this current job opportunity. Working with the Information Services Software Development team, you’ll be spending 60 percent of your time working hands-on on day-to-day development, and the remainder of your time will be spent leading team development. If you’re an expert in C#, ASP.NET Microsoft SQL Server, Web 2.0 technologies including jQuery and AJAX, and you enjoy the idea of living in sunny Fort Lauderdale, Florida, this could be just what you’ve been waiting for. If this sounds like your ideal job, submit your application today.
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