Software Engineer Career Field

Software engineers are responsible for engineering the software that allows computer to communicate and function. Software engineers must have excellent knowledge of computer systems and the actual computer code that underlies computer software programs and allows them to run. Software engineers are often involved in the design of entire new computer software systems made specifically for companies and organizations.

Educational Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree (4 years of College) in Computer Programming or Computer Science
Master’s Degree (2 years beyond bachelor’s degree) in Computer Science or Computer Engineering

Most companies will only hire software engineers with at least a bachelor’s degree in a computer technology based field like computer science or computer engineering. However, some software engineers can get hired with a different college degree or college certification if they can demonstrate the software engineering skills that are required to work in the software design industry. Project management positions generally require a master’s degree in computer science when software engineers want to work in management for large companies.

Educational Courses for Degree in Computer Science

Operating Systems
Numerical computation
Compilers
Software Engineering
Databases
Real-time computing
Distributed system
Computer Networking
Data Communication
Computer graphics
Artificial Intelligence

Employment Statistics

Number of software engineers Employed in 2008: 909,600
Projected Employment of software engineers through 2018: 1,204,800
Average Annual Pay for software engineers in 2008: $85,530

Great Colleges

ITT Technical Institute
Capella University
Walden University
University of Phoenix
DeVry Institute

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Article Reference: bls.gov

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