Software Engineer at a Glance

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  • 2013
  • 2023

Average Salary for Software Engineer

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Best States for Software Engineer

in 2011
Annual Salary
Hourly Pay
Washington 39,650 $100,160 $48
Virginia 32,610 $101,050 $49
Colorado 20,580 $91,970 $44

Becoming a Software Engineer

A bachelor's degree in computer science, software engineering, or a related discipline is typically required for software engineering careers. Many software developers have computer science degrees, but you should be aware that these programs cover a wide variety of topics. To give yourself the best chance to find software engineering jobs after you graduate you should focus your studies on software development classes. Proficiency in computer programming and knowledge of the industry you'll be working in is also required. For example, software developers who work for a bank need to know about finance.
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Human-Computer Interface
  • Systems Programming
  • Database Systems
There are no continuing education requirements for jobs in software engineering. However, there are some optional certifications you can pursue if you want to advance your career. The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers offers two certificates: the Certified Software Development Associate (CSDA) and the Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP). Both of these certificates allow you to demonstrate your proficiency in established software development practices as well as your willingness to learn.