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Average Annual Salary for Software Engineer:

An experienced median average salary for a typical Software Engineer in the United States is $52,176.

Necessary Education for a Software Engineer Career:

A Bachelors Degree in Computer Science / Information Technology


What is Software Engineer in a nutshell?

Software engineers research, design, test, implement and maintain software systems to meet client or employer needs. They use a variety of computer programming languages and applications, working in teams with other IT professionals.

Types of Software Engineer jobs:

  • Computer Systems Analysts
  • Computer Scientists
  • Database Administrators
  • Computer Programmers

Software Engineer Skills & Responsibilities:

  • Researching, designing, writing and testing new software programs
  • Developing existing systems by analysing and identifying areas for modification
  • 'Bolting together' existing software products (getting incompatible platforms to work together and creating code to link them);
  • Maintaining systems by monitoring, identifying and correcting software defects
  • Investigating new technologies
  • Creating technical specifications and test plans
  • Working with computer coding languages
  • Writing operational documentation with technical authors
  • Working closely with other staff, such as project managers, graphic artists, systems analysts, and sales and marketing professionals
  • Consulting clients/colleagues concerning the maintenance and performance of software systems and asking questions to obtain information, clarify details and implement information
  • Constantly updating technical knowledge and skills by attending in-house and/or external courses, reading manuals and accessing new applications
  • Problem-solving and thinking laterally as part of a team, or individually, to meet the needs of the project

Future Outlook for Software Engineer:

Employment of computer software engineers is expected to increase much faster than the average for all occupations, as businesses and other organizations adopt and integrate new technologies and seek to maximize the efficiency of their computer systems.

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