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Frequently Asked Questions

Are software engineers in demand? 

Yes, very much so. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be a 21% growth in software engineer job openings by 2028. This means 284,100 new positions! It’s even better for application developers, where the projected growth is a whopping 26%. 

For reference, this is much faster than the national average for all occupations. By all standards, software developers are incredibly in-demand at the moment. 

How do you become a software developer?

Start with a college degree in Computer Science or a related field. You want to focus on getting both programming skills and a solid understanding of the software development lifecycle. While it is possible to get a software engineer job without a degree, it is much more difficult, and you’ll have access to a limited number of opportunities. 

Whether you have a formal degree or not, experience is key. Spend time as a software engineer intern, along with working on your portfolio and open-source projects. This way you gain skills and experience even if you’re struggling to find the right job (or if you’re still a newbie). 

Apply to jobs after you research the company and write personalized cover letters. Make sure you highlight your achievements, but be prepared for the interviewer to ask about them. The same goes for the projects in your portfolio – they represent your work as a software developer, and you should be prepared to give in-depth answers to questions you receive on them.  

How do I get a job as a software engineer? 

The typical software developer requirements include: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, information technology, information systems, or a related field.
  • Ability to assess business needs through technical requirement analysis (and deliver software-based solutions).
  • Fluency in object-oriented design in languages like Python, Ruby, JavaScript, C#, .NET, and Java.
  • Being familiar with Agile software development techniques (i.e. Scrum and Kanban).
  • Database management and safety.
  • Source code control using tools like Git and Mercurial.
  • Experience with testing concepts, unit testing, and end-to-end testing practices.

Experience often replaces formal education! Most employers will consider candidates with 3+ years of software development experience for positions that normally require a degree. That said, you might be at a disadvantage – both when it comes to getting the job, and during salary negotiations.

How much do software engineers earn in the USA?

The median software engineer jobs salary is $105,590 per year (or $50.77 per hour). This median wage reflects that 50% of software developers made more, while 50% earned less than this. The top 10% made over $166,960 per year!

What skills do software engineers need?

The key software engineer skills are: 

  • Programming and scripting languages – being fluent in at least one; currently, Ruby, Python, and JavaScript are among your best choices.
  • Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) – choosing the best one for you and using it to write, compile, run, and debug your code.
  • Operating systems – your software runs on an operating system, and understanding how it works is indispensable if you want to create applications that work smoothly and efficiently.
  • Networking – since most applications are based on the client-server model, being familiar with the basics of networking is one of the essential software developer skills.
  • Version control – most companies use Git, but being familiar with the key version control concepts will help you even if you don’t know the specific tool.
  • Databases – proficiency using SQL and/or noSQL, as well as data safety concepts.
  • Testing – understanding basic testing concepts (but any additional testing skills and knowledge you have will come in handy)

Additionally, you need soft skills to help you work with others. Picking up good code-writing practices will make it easier for your colleagues, but so will improving your communication skills. Unconvinced? Remember the Google survey. All of the top skills for success were soft ones!