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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.

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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The most common salary in AUS for a Software Engineer is between $95k and $110k
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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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What skills are employers looking for?

Employers want:

  • Design
  • Software development
  • Written skills
  • Innovation
  • Research skills

Shortlisted applicants:

  • Javascript
  • C#
  • Css
  • Php
  • .net
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How do Software Engineers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 16 Software Engineers surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
4.4
Job satisfaction
3.9
Career progression opportunities
4.0
Job security
4.0
Pay / Salary
3.6
Variety of work
3.9

Latest reviews

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Oct 2018
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...
Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Information Technology (Information Systems)
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Research
The good things
Informatics Software Engineering is a branch of Software Engineering that is far enough removed from traditional software development work that it feels new and exciting all the time. The work that I ...
The challenges
Being an informatics software engineer requires an broad understanding of a large number of disciplines, not only software development. That includes some data science, statistics, social science, mat...
Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Computer Science
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Banking
The good things
New challenges everyday, helping others, learning new things constantly
The challenges
Keep updated to the new technologies which are constantly changing.
Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
bachelor of science
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
The good things
The good things If you are passionate about nursing it an exceptionally rewarding career. The patients are often friendly and will recognise nurses who have looked after them well in the outside world...
The challenges
The challenges There are patients and families who will treat you terribly but they are not as common as the good ones. It can be challenging to lose a patient especially the nice ones. The most impor...
Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Computing
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Medical
The good things
Relatively high salary, simple working relationships.
The challenges
Keep learning, keep creativity.
Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Information Technology
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Cultural
The good things
Follow the technologies that interest you and keep up to date with what is happening overseas so you can stay ahead of trend, take risks to work for interesting companies and on interesting projects.
The challenges
Australians tends to be either conservative or the complete opposite with technology so it is hard to find a role that balances good current technologies with worthwhile work.
Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Engineering
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Software Development
The good things
You learn a lot of new things to learn from tasks you are assigned
The challenges
You need to keep yourself updated with new technologies, learn the technologies you are working on
Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
BSc
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Engineering
The good things
This is a made-up job title to try and convert a team of competent and functional software/hardware security product development engineers into a set of cyber-service leeches attached to the underbell...
The challenges
Trying to get any managers to make a good decision when presented with well-researched and clearly presented concepts.
Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Master applied in IT
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Sales
The good things
This career gives opportunity to acquire and improve skills mainly relate to project management, coordination, monitoring and controlling which are the most important skills to manager a project. Soft...
The challenges
The main challenge as a software engineer is controlling and organize whole project. Which tools use to connect people from different areas, which approach to use in management and also, create a easy...
Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Computing
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Energy
The good things
If you enjoy all things tech, cutting edge technologies, being creative and want a role that will constantly change and will challenge you every day, software development is the role for you! There ar...
The challenges
You need to be very pragmatic and thorough with a high attention to detail. Unrealistic customer expectations can be challenging.
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Working hours for Software Engineers

Overtime
Weekends
Shift work
Late nights
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