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.
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.
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?
How to become a Software Engineer
What skills are employers looking for?
- Software development
- Written skills
- Research skills