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Become A Software Engineer

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Working As A Software Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $72,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Software Engineer Do

Software Engineers are responsible for creating information systems through designing, developing, and installing software solutions. They are involved in almost all aspects of new or modified software products.

How To Become A Software Engineer

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree in computer science and strong computer programming skills.


Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree, typically in computer science, software engineering, or a related field. A degree in mathematics is also acceptable. Computer science degree programs are the most common, because they tend to cover a broad range of topics. Students should focus on classes related to building software in order to better prepare themselves for work in the occupation. For some positions, employers may prefer a master’s degree.

Although writing code is not their first priority, developers must have a strong background in computer programming. They usually gain this experience in school. Throughout their career, developers must keep up to date on new tools and computer languages.

Software developers also need skills related to the industry in which they work. Developers working in a bank, for example, should have knowledge of finance so that they can understand a bank’s computing needs.

Other Experience

Many students gain experience in software development by completing an internship at a software company while in college.

Some software developers first work as computer programmers and then are given more responsibility as they gain experience. Eventually, they become developers.


Software developers can advance to become information technology (IT) project managers, also called computer and information systems managers, a position in which they oversee the software development process.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Developers must analyze users’ needs and then design software to meet those needs.

Communication skills. Developers must be able to give clear instructions to others working on a project. They must also explain to their customers how the software works and answer any questions that arise.

Computer skills. Developers must understand computer capabilities and programming languages in order to design effective software.

Creativity. Developers are the creative minds behind new computer software.

Detail oriented. Developers often work on many parts of an application or system at the same time and must therefore be able to concentrate and pay attention to detail.

Interpersonal skills. Software developers must be able to work well with others who contribute to designing, developing, and programming successful software.

Problem-solving skills. Because developers are in charge of software from beginning to end, they must be able to solve problems that arise throughout the design process.

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Real Software Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Software Engineer ACRO Software Inc. Haymarket, VA Apr 26, 2015 $420,000
Software Engineer Strike Technologies, LLC New York, NY Jan 10, 2016 $325,000
Software Engineer Google, Inc. Mountain View, CA Sep 07, 2015 $318,240
Software Engineer-Partner Engineering Netflix, Inc. Los Gatos, CA Jan 12, 2015 $280,000
Software Engineer-Partner Engineering Netflix Los Gatos, CA Nov 19, 2015 $280,000
Software Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 16, 2016 $276,000
Software Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Feb 15, 2015 $275,000
Software Engineer Google Inc. Seattle, WA Oct 01, 2015 $275,000
Software Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA May 26, 2016 $264,000
Software Engineer (Senior Director, Engineering) Fluidigm Corporation South San Francisco, CA Sep 24, 2016 $263,318
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Top Skills for A Software Engineer


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Top Software Engineer Skills

  1. Pl/Sql
  2. Web Application
  3. Database
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Designed and implemented PL/SQL stored procedures to process messages.
  • Write programming scripts to enhance functionality and/or appearance of organizations web sites and/or related web applications as necessary.
  • Designed, developed and tested a Java library to access and manage a database of mobile phone information.
  • Assist with upgrading Hewlett Packard employees from Windows XP to Windows 7 at their Pontiac location.
  • Project: Conversion of Router application from C/C++/RBMS/Unix/Oracle platform to COBOL/mainframe platform in EBS - Enterprise Billing System for Verizon Communications.

Top Software Engineer Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire a Software Engineer

  1. Accenture LTD
  2. HCL Technologies
  3. Cisco
  4. Tata Consultancy Services
  5. Tech Mahindra (Americas) Inc USA
  6. IBM
  7. Lockheed Martin
  8. Northrop Grumman
  9. Cerner
  10. Intel
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