If you are the kind of person who always knows about the latest technologies and software programs, maybe you should consider working in software engineering and development. The name may sound intimidating, but there are extensive opportunities in both the software industry and within organizations across business and industry. The areas can range anywhere from insurance to retail, energy to aerospace, and more.
Because the needs of companies and individuals constantly change, the future for engineers of computer software and application systems seems promising. This major will provide its experts a chance to be creative in how they create products and meet their customers’ needs, while still focusing on IT and technology.
This sector in the IT cluster also allows for variation of employment. Most business-related software is created by teams of architects, designers, analysts, integrators, and software programmers or engineers. However, if working in teams isn’t in your best interest, games-development can be done independently. The opportunity for you to choose how and in what type of environment you work is up to you!
General skill requirements include fundamental programming languages like COBOL and programming techniques like open source software. Management and design skills are also important, especially if one is working on an independent project. The ability to develop new security systems is also considered essential in this field, since hackers and viruses are threats to business systems daily. Including a passion for development, credentials are an important part of getting the job you want within your field. Some software development credentials include:
- Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer
- Sun-Java Developer Certification
- Associate of Science in Computer Programming
- Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
- Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems
- Master of Science in Software Engineering
Like most IT sectors, the outlook for development is better than the average national outlook. 30% growth from 2010-2009 due to increased demand for new technologies and computer software forecasts even more growth for the future.
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