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Software Engineer

Design, develop and maintain software systems from small applications to large online platforms.

What's it like to be a Software Engineer?

Software Engineers design, develop and maintain software systems. The complexity and size of these systems can range from small scale desktop applications to vast international online platforms.

Software Engineer

Tasks and duties

  • Consult with management and users to determine the needs of the system.
  • Use techniques such as sampling, model building and structured analysis, along with accounting principles, to ensure the solution is efficient, cost-effective and financially feasible.
  • Oversee implementation, coordinate tests and observe initiation of the system to validate performance.
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Software Engineers are typically involved in all phases of the software development process. They provide crucial input during the planning and prototyping stages to ensure that the requirements of the client are accurately defined. They then design, develop and test the final product before making it available to the customer.

After the product has been released, Software Engineers often take on maintenance responsibilities. These can include developing improvements to the product or identifying and removing problems.

Software Engineers are usually part of a larger team including other developers, project managers, business analysts, user experience (UX) specialists and others.

Software Engineers require extensive knowledge of how to build complex software systems as well as strong interpersonal skills to effectively communicate with the customer and other team members.

Strong communication skills, high proficiency in modern development tools and programming languages, as well as a deep understanding of software design are crucial. At a more senior level, mentoring skills, a willingness to share with a holistic, big picture view and close alignment to team and business goals also becomes important.

What can I earn as a Software Engineer?

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How to become a Software Engineer


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To work as a software engineer in Australia, you are usually expected to have completed an undergraduate qualification in IT such as a degree in software engineering or computer science.

  1. Complete an undergraduate degree such as a Bachelor of Computer Science or a Bachelor of Software Engineering.
  2. Gain hands-on experience building software applications outside of an education setting, such as freelancing or hobby projects.

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Latest Software Engineer reviews

Latest reviews from 41 Software Engineers surveyed on SEEK
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Oct 2018
I chose to be a Software Engineer and I don't regret it
Reviewer's Qualification
Doctor of Philosophy
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Full Stack Engineer
The good things
Software engineering as a discipline provides numerous opportunities to make yourself an impactful career. The field itself is broad and is still evolving - you will never run out of exciting things t...
The challenges
In my experience, the challenge in being a software engineer comes primarily from various aspects depending on which phase you are in your career. When you are early in your career, learning the mov...
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Jun 2021
Embedded software development is interesting but don't loose yourself
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Science
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Embedded software development
The good things
As an Embedded software engineer, you contribute to many important products or systems, being medical, automotive, industrial or simply consumer electronics. There are plenty of interesting things you...
The challenges
Be prepared for weird bugs which drives you in nuts for days and weeks. Be prepared for 24x7 fire-fighting when your device or product goes through initial mass production. Be prepared for endless cod...
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