Career in Software Development

Money magazine rated software engineers as THE best job in America. Factors considered in these rankings included: job growth and pay, job stress level, flexibility in work environment and hours, creativity, and ease of entry and advancement in the field. The average pay for this profession is $80,500, and there are typically over 44,800 annual job openings.

So it sounds like the perfect field...afterall, it beats out all other career fields when weighing out the factors that count. So, how do you know if this field is a good fit for you? Were you one of those children who was fascinated with pulling things apart and putting them back together again? You wanted to understand how things worked and how to fix things that were broken. Have you been regularly defined as an outside-the-box thinker?

If these traits describe you, software development or software engineering may be just the field for you. These professionals often take pride in being described as “geeks” since they enjoy and have a need to write code. Although your typical developers are members of teams of IT professionals, they are content working independently most of the day, without much interaction.

One of the huge benefits of the software development field is that it is extremely lucrative, much more so than other IT fields. This field is constantly growing and changing, therefore software developers are never “safe” from having to learn the latest “tricks of the trade”. New programming languages are constantly surfacing, as with other new technologies. The training and learning never ends in this field, however, most people who were “born to be developers” enjoy this constant learning and evolving and don’t find that to be a downfall. To be successful as a software engineer, you must be detail oriented and enjoy abstract thinking.

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Job Titles

  • Software Engineer
  • Software Developer
  • Application Architect
  • Enterprise Architect
  • Java Programmer
  • Computer Programmer
  • Web Programmer

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