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Software engineers design and develop all types of programs from applications to software for operating systems and network distribution to, software for compilers. While they must be adept at coding, engineers are much more involved in the development of algorithms and analyzing and solving problems than with writing code.

Software engineering roles vary greatly, but typically, they must first analyze the needs of the user. Then, they design, build, test and maintain applications that meet those defined needs. Software engineers possess solid problem-solving and communication skills and should have an aptitude for math. Engineers should also demonstrate a mastery of programming languages, like C++, C# and Java.

Required Education and Experience

There are no set educational requirements or certifications for software engineers and employer preferences can vary from associate’s degrees to master’s degrees based on the job. Experience can often trump education, especially in entry-level jobs, so anyone wishing to enter the field should get as much experience as possible through internships or open source projects while pursuing a degree.

Software engineers usually major in subjects like computer science, information systems, software engineering or math. Some engineers majored in completely unrelated fields, but pursued relevant certifications offered by software vendors and training institutions. As with many development careers, talented professionals have a great opportunity to chart their own path.

Job Outlook

According to Indeed data, the average salary for a software engineer is $87,155 per year in Atlanta, GA. This is based on 3,785 salaries submitted anonymously to Indeed by software engineers and users, and collected from job advertisements posted on Indeed in the past 36 months.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) cites the national average for all software engineering jobs at a rate $103,560 annually. The BLS indicates that job growth in this sector will be steady in the coming years. Software engineers seeking new opportunities should remember that salary and benefits packages offered by employers can vary greatly depending upon the location, the size of the company and the experience of the candidate.

Current Software Engineering Opening

Selectek is currently recruiting software engineers for a company in Atlanta, Georgia. The chosen candidate will be responsible for developing code that will retrieve information from equipment and integrate that data into a system. Experience with BIT code, C++ and ethernet enabled devices are required. This job is open to U.S. citizens and pays between $45 and $50 per hour.

You can learn more about the opportunity and apply online here.

Are You Looking for Software Engineering Jobs?

If you are an experienced software engineer looking for exciting new opportunities in the Southeastern U.S., we encourage you to reach out to the expert recruiters at Selectek. We are always seeking strong technical talent for our clients. Feel free to browse our open jobs or Contact us today to learn more about the ways we can help you achieve your goals.

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