Software Engineer Description
A software engineer designs and develops software applications and/or computer systems. They may develop computer applications for clients as well as the major organizations need to make a computer run.
- Expertise in computer programming and coding, such as:
- Analytical & problem-solving skills
- Agile development processes and principles
- Being able to analyze users’ needs and then design, test, and develop software to meet those needs.
- Software testing and debugging
Software Engineer Salary
The annual salary a Software Engineer can make is between $49,000 to $153,000 in Canada.
Software Engineer Training
Software engineers must complete a 4-year bachelor's degree in software engineering or a degree in a related program. Some computer science programs offer an optional software engineering component, thus it is also be suitable for this type of field.
Useful Information About Being a Software Engineer
Software engineers must acquire a few certification before beginning to work in this field. These certifications are available to complete at technology vendors (e.g., Microsoft, Cisco and Oracle) as well as professional organizations (e.g., IEEE). These are tailored to specific areas of practice, thus not mandatory to do all certifications. Software engineers need to stay up-to-date with the latest developments in both the general profession and their specialty. It is recommended to attend software conferences to not only connect, but learn about new softwares coming soon. Popular conferences for software engineers include the International Conference on Software Engineering and the International Conference on Automated Software Engineering.