Before we begin, here’s a quick question for you. How many devices can you name that you use every day?
You might start with…
And the list goes on! Did you know all these devices were created with the help of software engineers?
Let’s understand the role of a software engineer.
What does a software engineer do?
Software engineers are ones who combine their knowledge of maths and computer science to develop, design, code, and test programs designed to run on a device. These programs might be designed to help us communicate, travel, or learn new things.
Software engineering is a promising career choice. If you love computers and are interested in coding, a career in software engineering may be a good choice.
So, let’s dive deep, and understand what it takes to be a software engineer.
What skills do you require to become a Software Engineer?
As a software engineer, you’ll have a lot on your plate. Having these skills will help you be more efficient.
Problem-solving and logical thinking: Software problems can occur from even the smallest of errors. Hence, you must possess strong problem-solving and logical thinking skills.
Analytical thinking: You should be able to analyze complex technical information.
Numerical skills: You need to be strong with numbers. So, put in extra effort in mathematics.
Innovative thinker: Develop an ability to look into a situation and come up with out of the box solutions.
Career Scope of Software Engineering
Software engineers have a wide scope when it comes to jobs. Here are some key areas where software engineers are employed.
As software engineers, a lot of interesting opportunities open up in the field of gaming. You can write codes for major game developing companies and work closely with game developers and designers. You can read more about game developers here.
As an embedded system developer, you’ll get to create codes for electronic appliances that require embedded software, like a refrigerator, microwave, printer, oven, and toaster. For this role, you need to have an excellent understanding of computer languages such as Java, XML, Perl, Python, C/C++ Shell Scripting, and others.
You can also opt for a career opportunity in the field of Data Science. There’s a tremendous amount of innovation in data science has taken place over the years, where computer languages like Python to capture data. You can read more about a career as a Data Scientist here.
What do you need to study to become a software engineer?
Where to study?
Apart from the top engineering institutes like IITs and NITs, here is a list of other engineering colleges in India:
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