Computers have become a part of people’s lives in the 21st Century. A software engineer is a professional who is responsible for the design or creation of software. An application programmer is one who writes software to handle specific tasks and a systems programmer controls the usage of the software. Apart from this, they should be efficient in handling team-work and sometimes should have to explain business functions to non-technical individuals. They may or may not be required for doing coding jobs.
Education and Training required
All software jobs usually need a degree, especially in Computer Science. Most of the engineers specialize in a specific language like Java, .Net, C++ and Visual Basic.
Getting the job
Software engineers can post their resume on various job portals like Monster.com, Career Builder.com etc. They can also get jobs through campus recruitments, Job placement agencies, advertisements in Newspapers or through references.
The software engineers working for consulting firms and who own companies travel to meet customers or get new clients. They usually work 40 hours a week, but sometimes have to stretch if the completion of the target has not gone according to the deadline. These engineers are likely to suffer from diseases like eyestrain, back pain, hand and wrist problems as result of sitting in front of the computer for long periods of time.
Advancement possibilities and Employment Outlook
Earning and benefits
The salary of software engineers varies according to the experience, degrees and the geographical aspects. For Computer applications, it was $74,980 and for systems Software engineers, it was $79.740. They may also get promoted to higher positions depending upon their performance appraisals=54.