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Software Engineer

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.
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?

The most common salary  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 14 Software Engineers surveyed on SEEK

Latest reviews

5 out of 5Oct 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.
5 out of 5Oct 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...
4 out of 5Oct 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.
3 out of 5Oct 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.
5 out of 5Oct 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
1 out of 5Oct 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.
4 out of 5Oct 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...
5 out of 5Oct 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.
5 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Computer Science
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Booking Service
The good things
Get excited to have different problems to solve everyday! Working is just like playing game solving puzzle and actually see people using ur end result is satisfying!
The challenges
Well, I have been come across few company now. I believe in this field trust is most important play that management should really consider. Good company will listen to everyone and opinion that we giv...
4 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Technology (Information Systems)
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Software Development
The good things
The role requires zeile to face new challenges in daily basis as software development is dependent on the Customer requirement which keeps on changing or keep on adding.There is always a room to learn...
The challenges
Software development is growing fast with advent of new technologies coming up like artificial intelligence, machine learning etc. It becomes prudent to keep on adding skill with the new technologies ...
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What are the job opportunities for Software Engineers?

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Job opportunities

Software Engineer jobs on SEEK
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Projected job growth

National increase over next 5 years
21%
2018
2023
Source: LMIP. Software and Applications Programmers
Latest Software Engineer jobs on SEEK
Nova Group
Melbourne > Bayside & South Eastern Suburbs
We are Australia's largest privately owned & operated employer of permanent Defence & industry consultants, solving the problems that really matter.
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Chance Interactive Pty Ltd
Sydney > South West & M5 Corridor
Join us and build the latest and greatest games for the online casino industry!
Programmed Professionals
Melbourne > CBD & Inner Suburbs
Seeking an enthusiastic Software Engineer on an initial 3 month contract with possible extension for our defence client.
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The Onset
Sydney > CBD, Inner West & Eastern Suburbs
Transform ideas into software using the latest technology and tools
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