Software Engineer – Job Description

A software engineer is responsible for working with any number of computer programs, and writing/rewriting layers of code in order to fit the specific employer’s needs. Software engineers can be responsible for testing software which is already written, developing new software, or even re-writing codes in third-party software in order to comply with the needs of an organization. It is standard for software engineers to work within their specialty, as each area of development (operating systems, JavaScript, databases, electronic management systems, etc.) requires knowledge of a specific coding language.


Software Engineer Job Duties:

  • Develop and refine software in order to fit an employer’s needs
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge regarding new development tools and programming techniques
  • Remain informed about the latest computing technology
  • Collect and evaluate information regarding any business-related software (electronic management systems, operating systems, points of service systems, etc.)
  • Install and design solutions to software in response to malfunctions or maladaptive systems
  • Test the feasibility of operating any created system
  • Maintain the functionality of any software
  • Fix any software related issues
  • Develop coding for software systems


Alternative names: Software Developer, Coder, Programmer

Job Projections: High (17% between 2014-2024)


Software Engineer Skills and Qualifications:

  • Experience in creating and testing interactive systems
  • Familiarity with Java, C++, Ruby on Rails, and other coding languages
  • Knowledge of software development tools
  • Attention to detail
  • An ability to accurately analyze information
  • Software debugging skills
  • Team communication skills
  • Specified knowledge regarding the coding languages you will be working with
  • Software testing knowledge


Salary Details:

The median annual salary for a software engineer is $98,260, with an approximate range between $75,160 and $124,400.


Education and Training:

Any individual looking to work as a software engineer will be expected to have obtained at least a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Information System or Math. It is typical for large organizations to provide additional training to new employees in order to get them familiar with unique or proprietary software.

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