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Some people refer to software developer or programmer instead; most agree to the meaning of these terms, while the exact meaning of software engineer is still being defined. As the field matures, this may change, but current employers typically are seeking individuals with BS degrees in computer science, computer information systems, or related areas. In discussing the educational backgrounds of software engineers, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that they generally obtain a bachelor’s degree in computer science. However, if your interest is in developing or maintaining software information systems for medium to large businesses, a computer information systems degree may be more appropriate. In embedded systems, some have electrical engineering or computer engineering degrees, because embedded software often requires a detailed understanding of hardware.
Careers in Software Engineering
When you are trained in computer science, computer information systems, or data science, there really is no limit to the size or type of enterprise for whom you may work as a software engineer, programmer, or developer. Software is woven through the very fabric of our daily lives. If you have novel, creative ideas for new applications and processes the entrepreneurial opportunities are boundless. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (2018) lists the median annual salary for those in software engineering and related positions between $82,240 and $103,560.
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