What does a software engineer do?

Software engineers have a very thorough knowledge of the way in which software is developed, tested and maintained. Software engineers are responsible for employing their skills as coders to ensure that user requirements are being met, and the intended application of the software is being served. A software engineer may encounter daily duties like: evaluating and analysing system requirements, writing program code, shaping operational procedures and diagnosing and fixing any faults in the software. 

Tasks:

  • Writing in code languages
  • Ensuring user requirements are met
  • Implementing new research into procedural methods
  • Program software for the home or business

What skills do I need to be a software engineer?

Software engineering requires both a natural aptitude for technical thinking and communicating with people. Software engineers are often responsible for fulfilling their client’s needs. They will need to have an intuitive understanding of their client’s needs and how to fulfil them. In addition to this, software engineers will need to have an ability to communicate and thrive whilst working in a team situation.

Skills/attributes
  • Aptitude for technical thinking
  • Keen eye for detail
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to understand and fulfil client needs

Specialisations

There are a number of specialisations that may appeal to you if you are considering a career in information technology.

Hardware Design Engineer

A hardware design engineer deals with the nuts and bolts of manufacturing computer hardware. Hardware design engineers know how to assemble and manufacture computers, hardware and related products from scratch. This means that they also have the ability to conduct maintenance and repairs when needed.

Network and Systems Engineer

Systems engineers install, analyse, monitor and help create computer networks. Such engineers also adapt to recent developments in user requirements and implement any changes to computer networks that will improve their functionality and usability.

Systems Designer (IT)

System designers assist businesses in the large scale functioning of computer systems. System designers advise on various processes, all focused towards the feasibility and functionality of the computer network a business wants and requires.

Study pathways for software engineers

There are a number of study pathways open to you if you wish to become a software engineer. Finding a study plan that suites your schedule and desired career goals is the first step. 

Getting Started

Choose a course that plays to your strengths in programming and using software

Skill Building

Work towards your dream job with these focused study options in information technology

Professional Development

Gain industry skills as you study with targeted courses

Industry Recognition

Earning industry relevant qualifications will improve your position within this growing industry and demonstrate knowledge of your acquired skills.

Getting a job after graduation

Put your training to good use and get the best professional head start in your information technology career. Emphasise your personal strengths and achievements in your resume and target your cover letter to the job description listed.

Job Prospects and Salaries

There is expected to be strong growth in employment opportunities over the next five years.