How to Become a Software Engineer

There has been an increasing demand for computer software engineers as the use of technology increases. In order to pursue a career as a software engineer, you should first decide what type of software engineer you should become. Some people prefer to be systems analysts while others prefer to create and develop new software. Your preference will help you make the right choice into which career you wish to pursue. You also need to understand that software engineers do not just focus on doing one task; rather they have many responsibilities in the specific area.
Like many careers, becoming a software engineer will take some time. Your education is also important when it comes to which career path you choose to take. The first necessary step is to have a strong foundation in math and logic. Many software engineers in fact have a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and then pursue their career from there. Math is required to code and develop software and is an essential part of the process. Usually those who graduate from college will start at an entry-level position as a programmer. Software programming is not the same as software engineering. Usually every software engineer will know how to program or code software but not every programmer will know what it takes to be a software engineer. Engineers usually have to work as a network, with each person having their own responsibilities. They also need to create and develop software for a certain company or client and must follow those guidelines. A programmer would just follow the engineer’s instruction on how to code the developed software. So make sure you know which path you want.
You will want to gain as much experience as possible and may want to think about pursuing a graduate degree or software engineering certification. Your decision on which to pursue will guide you to the next part of your engineering career. If you want to work in IT management or with a large organization/company then you may need to earn your Master’s degree in engineering, mathematics, or systems design. Again a strong base in math is extremely important in this career. Also benefit when it comes to earning a graduate’s degree is the opportunities you will have with this degree and your field experience. However if earning a master’s is not something you can do right away, taking courses in a vocational or trade school to receive your software engineering certification is an excellent idea as well. Employees will see that you are serious about your education and your career.
Sources:
1. http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/15-1133.00
2. http://www.geteducated.com/career-center/detail/computer-software-engineer
3. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/software-developers.htm

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