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Software Engineer do?

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Other common names for this position: Software Developer, Application Architect, Artificial Intelligence Designer, AI Designer, Computer Applications Engineer, Computer Software Engineer, Computer Telecommunications Software Specialist, Embedded Software Engineer, Simulation Software Design Engineer, Software Architect, Software Design Engineer, Software Designer, Software Design Supervisor, Software Design Verification Engineer, Software Systems Designer, Software Systems Integration Engineer, Software Technical Architect, Software Testing Engineer, Systems Applications Engineer, Systems Architect, Telecommunications Software Engineer, Telecommunications Software Specialist

Description

Engineers are professionals whose main purpose is to find solutions for problems using research, scientific principles, and the tools they have at their disposal; a Software Engineer is no different. Like all their colleagues in their different areas, these professionals focus their work into finding clever solutions to software-related problems.


Software Engineers may devote their time and efforts into researching and developing new software. They evaluate the existing problems and issues that users encounter and come up with new ideas and solutions. Once a problem has been identified and a solution has been proposed, Software Engineers will begin to design and test their new software until it is ready to be launched to the public.

Primary Responsibilities

Here’s a non-exhaustive list of common tasks Software Engineers are required to complete.


  • Coordinating and taking part in the development and integration of computer-based systems:
  • Establishing systems specification and requirements based on clients’ needs;
  • optimizing processes of systematic data management;
  • using the best suited programming languages for each project while also considering time effectiveness;
  • ensuring that new software is compatible with different platforms, as required by the client;
  • ensuring that the programming code is free of faults by proofreading and testing it;
  • using micromanaging principles in order to develop and simultaneously test different sections of the programming code so as to reduce time consumption and increase efficiency;
  • testing and evaluating systems to make sure they meet the clients’ needs, especially in terms of usability;
  • conducting integration tests to ensure compatibility between systems; and
  • detecting and fixing bugs in the software they developed after it has been properly implemented.
  • Developing and administering databases in order to search and store massive amounts of information while developing software.
  • Documenting all specific system procedures and parameters so as to create user manuals.
  • Providing software maintenance after it has been installed to ensure it’s functioning properly.
  • Assessing current or existing programs and systems in order to make the proper upgrading recommendations.
  • Overseeing the overall performance and work of a team of specialized professionals and colleagues.
  • Researching and learning on new technologies and methods that can be applied to problem solving.

Daily Tasks

  • Assessing the customer’s needs in order to be able to develop the most appropriate and efficient software.
  • Participating in the research and development of new technologies and software that may be applied to solve problems for users.
  • Coding for the software system being developed.
  • Assessing current or existing programs and systems in order to make the proper upgrading recommendations.
  • Liaising with other Engineers and IT professionals to come up with new ideas.
Salary
$97,678

The average Software Engineer salary is $97,678 per year or $50 per hour. This is around 3 times more than the Median wage of the country. Entry level positions start at $68,000 while most experienced workers make up to $137,000. These results are based on 408 salaries extracted from job descriptions.

$97,678
$137,000
$68,000
Deductions
Deductions
Gross Salary106,741.17 $
CPP- 2,479.95 $
EI- 930.60 $
Federal Tax- 18,665.22 $
Provincial Tax- 10,184.60 $
Total Tax- 32,260.37 $
Net Pay*74,480.80 $
In Ontario, Canada, if you make 106,741.17 $ a year, you will be taxed 32,260.37 $. That means that your take home pay will be 74,480.80 $ per year, or 6,206.73 $ per month. Your average tax rate is 30.22% and your marginal tax rate is 43.41%.
* Deductions are calculated based on the tables of Ontario, Canada income tax.
Required Skills and Qualifications
  • Outstanding computer skills:
  • Being proficient in the use of coding languages.
  • Exceptional creativity to come up with new software.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and leadership skills:
  • Communicating clearly, both verbally and in writing, in order to create a clear and communicative environment with coworkers and clients, as well as giving out clear instructions while working on a project;
  • being able to read and write programming code; and
  • being able to work cohesively as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Analytical, problem-solving, and critical-thinking skills:
  • Identifying issues and resolving problems in a timely manner using critical thinking and good judgment; and
  • understanding problems and issues users have in order to design the best solution.
  • Organizational and time management skills and great attention to detail:
  • Being able to work independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced environment;
  • handling various projects with aggressive deadlines; and
  • being able to prioritize tasks and responsibilities accordingly.

Technology has made amazing leaps forwards in the last decades and it is not going to slow down. Software Engineering has become a popular choice for many aspirants as it has become one of the most sought-after professions.


The most common way to become a Software Engineer is by first obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering from an accredited college or university. After that most candidates will choose to pursue a master’s or doctoral degree in order to get further specializations. There are many sub-branches and specializations available for new Software Engineers. They may choose to work on developing software for specific purposes, such as Accounting, Administration, Design, or Education. Web and application development are also popular choices.


During the years of academic preparation, Software Engineers are also expected to gain experience by working or participating in internship programs in technology developing companies and agencies. Most employers ask for at least 2 to 5 years of experience in software development and coding in different programming languages (e.g. Java, PHP, HTML, and C#).


All candidates applying for a job as a Software Engineer must be proficient in computer science, data structures and algorithms, mobile apps, and databases. In house-training is often available for more specific and specialized companies. In most cases, entry-level jobs consist on team-based work developing and programming new software. Career advancements and promotions are available provided the candidate has gained and demonstrated sufficient experience.


The majority of Software Engineers work a standard of 40 hours a week during regular business hours. However, with time being of the essence to meet deadlines, it is not uncommon for companies to require their Software Engineers to work extra hours and sometimes even during weekends and national holidays. Therefore, flexibility and adaptability is often required for this position.


Although most Software Engineers work as part of the staff of a company, self-employment and freelance work is becoming more common in this field. Smaller companies that can’t afford having a Software Engineers as part of their staff prefer hiring freelancers for specific projects in order to save on costs.


The nature of the job includes sitting on a desk for extended periods of time. It is advisable to take regular breaks during work hours to avoid possible health hazards.

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