Engineering - Software Graduate Jobs - Careers Guide

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Software engineers apply engineering principles to the design, development, testing and implementation of software and systems in companies and businesses.

With our economies, social lives and communications increasingly dominated by computers, software and mobile apps, software engineering is becoming a more important and attractive carer for graduates. Technological advances mean new software is being constantly developed and programming languages are repeatedly updating.

The industry is also doing a large amount to attract women into what is a traditionally male-dominated field.

What degree do I need?TOP ^

Software engineers are extremely highly skilled and need excellent mathematical and scientific knowledge, so it stands to reason that a high level of education is also needed.

It’s important to have a relevant degree if you want to get into software engineering. Many employers prefer students with postgraduate qualifications as they can demonstrate a higher level of qualification and experience.

Some relevant degrees for a career in software engineering include:

  • Software engineering
  • Computer science
  • Electronics
  • Mathematics
  • General engineering
  • Physics
  • Computer systems engineering

What skills do I need?TOP ^

Essential skills for working in software engineering include having an analytical mind, good mathematical and problem solving skills and having a logical mind. Aside from this, though, there are interpersonal skills that are also essential if you are to excel in a business that involves a large amount of teamwork and communication.

Employers in software engineering look for the following skills:

What graduate software engineering job can I do? TOP ^

Software engineers must be multi-taskers. You should be able to design, code, create, manage and implement software almost immediately. Software engineers work in all organisations and all levels, from international businesses to local shops.

Many companies also run graduate engineering programmes which is a great way to get into software engineering in the UK.

Some potential software engineering jobs include:

  • Structural engineer
  • Systems developer
  • Applications developer
  • Energy engineer
  • Information systems manager
  • Manufacturing systems engineer
  • Network engineer
  • Database administrator
  • Infrastructure engineer
  • Risk engineer
  • Systems engineer

As you progress throughout your engineering career you should be continuously updating your skills and qualifications. The software engineering sector is particularly important for this, as new technology, coding languages and systems become available.

You should consider joining an appropriate professional body to develop your skills further.

Average software engineering salariesTOP ^

Engineering careers are in general well paid, and the software engineering sector is no different. Starting salaries for graduates are generally above £20,000 and can grow quickly with experience.

Becoming a chartered or incorporated engineer through a professional body will greatly enhance your earning potential, as will taking on extra managerial responsibilities and roles.

  • Systems developer: £23,000 - £65,000
  • Network engineer: £27,500 - £50,000
  • Information systems manager: £40,000 - £55,000
  • Applications developer: £20,000 - £52,500
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