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Computer Software Engineer
Computer software engineers design and develop software.
Average Pay:     Qualifications: $56,700 - $91,300
The Job
Software engineers design and develop computer games, business applications, operating systems, network control systems, and middleware. They must be experts in the theory of computing systems, the structure of software, and the nature and limitations of hardware to ensure that the underlying systems will work properly.
Work Environment
Computer software engineers and programmers normally work in clean, comfortable offices or in laboratories in which computer equipment is located.
College Majors
Computer Science, Software Engineering, Mathematics.
Minimum Qualifications
Software engineers require a bachelor's degree and knowledge of and experience with, a variety of computer systems and technologies.
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Quick Facts
  • Computer software engineers are among the occupations projected to grow the fastest and add the most new jobs over the next decade, resulting in excellent job prospects.
  • Job prospects will be best for applicants with a bachelor's or higher degree and relevant experience.
Compensation and Outlook
Employment of computer software engineers is expected to increase by 32 percent. Demand for computer software engineers will increase as computer networking continues to grow.
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