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A Software Engineer conducts research; designs; and evaluates, integrates and maintains software application, technical environments, operating systems, embedded software, information warehouses and telecommunications software.
Basic Educational Requirement
A bachelor's degree, usually in computer science, computer systems engineering, software engineering or mathematics is required. Knowledge in Microsoft and Oracle programs will definitely be an advantage.
Skills and Competencies
Physical Attributes and Characteristics
In the local labor market, a Software Engineer receives around P40,000 -60,000 per month, depending on the experience and the level of knowledge in the business.
In the U.S, the median earnings of a full time Software Engineer is about $74,930 (P3,821,430) annually or $6,244 (P 318,452) per month.
Prospects for Career Advancement
Entry level Software Engineers are likely to test and verify ongoing designs. As they become more experienced, they may become involved in designing and developing software. Eventually, they may advance to become project manager, manager of information systems, or chief information officer. Some computer software engineers with several years of experience or expertise find lucrative opportunities working as systems designer or independent consultants or entrepreneurs with their own computer consulting firms.
Employment of Software Engineers is expected to increase much faster than the average for other occupations, as business and other organizations adopt and integrate new technologies and seek to maximize the efficiency of their computer systems.
Cost of Education *
In a public educational institution, it will cost only around P25,000 to finish a course in Computer Science. Private Schools charge higher rates ranging from P152,000 to P228,000.
* Based on tuition fee rates for school year 2007- 2008
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