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What skills I should have to become a software engineer

Please let me know what skills I should have to become a software engineer

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RE: What skills I should have to become a software engineer

Sumit Basu
Sumit Basu
Verified Career Expert
Head at MARKS Consultancy Services
  • Kolkata

Software Engineers are motivated programmers who can conceptualize, build, implement and support technically challenging software programs/products. So passion for Technology is must.

The individual is expected to be familiar with one or many software languages, architecture/framework,databases,communication softwares etc. Depending upon which level of programming one is interested into, software language choices can be made. Eg. C/C++ or VC++ OR C# OR Java are just an indicator.

So, good 'programming language' skill is another must.

Subject skills includes, love for problem solving ( primarily Mathematics ) with a decent hold over English. Depending on the work domain, other subject skills will be tested/challenged.

Looking at the placement papers of companies hiring software engineers, all are evaluating a candidates abilities summed-up as Aptitude Test. That involves Analytical(Thinking) ability, Logical reasoning, Quantitative Analysis, Verbal abilities. These are some of the essential skills needed to get into a career termed as Software Engineer/Software Development Engineer or even Software Developer.

Basic Computer skills, ability to write,review and debug long codes and interpret results, attention to details ( particularly identifying syntax errors ) with a clear understanding of data structures and memory management can lead one to become a successful Software Engineer.Hence, having an excellent procedural memory helps

Apart from these, there are many soft skills ( like 60 soft skills published by Rediff some time back) can also be kept on watch.

With maturity, one should be able to relate, understand and appreciate the User experience for which the software is designed. Ability to understand user pain areas and designing innovative software product/services which are user friendly ( like MS-Office suite/ERP Suite or even an Anti-Virus) will require 'VISION' skill which will help one in furthering his/her career as a Software Engineer.


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RE: What skills I should have to become a software engineer

Preeti Taneja
Preeti Taneja
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Head Guidance & Counselling at Project Wisdom, CSR initiative of Canam Consultants Limited, Chandigarh
  • Chandigarh
Software engineers analyse , design and create computer systems and software. As most commercial and manufacturing functions now have established IT systsems, the work performed by software engineers has shifted emphasis from creating new systesm to using existing software and devising appropriate interfaces to integrate it with new products. Looking at the current placement scenerio , apart from technical knowledge , the software engineer is expected to have above average intelligence and powers of logical reasoning, imagination, patience and willgness to purue an elusive problem until solved and powers of sustained concentration. They should have an analytical mind, excellent numerical ability , resourcefulness, tact and diplomacy , curiosity, creativity to visualize how old, established methods might be changed, ability to take an overall view of the situtation and yet see it in detail, ability to work as one of a team as well as independtly and ability to communicate with people across diffrent levels efficently and precisely.

RE: What skills I should have to become a software engineer

Rahul Shinde
Rahul Shinde
Verified Career Expert
Career Consultant at Pinnacle School of Business Management
  • Thane


Greeting's for the day!!!

Software Engineers are responsible for designing, implementing and testing computer based hardware and software, including the components that are found inside computer equipment, as well as actual devices that contain the computers and the software that runs on those machines. They may also design network that connects computer systems, and work on integrating software programs with computer hardware.

Education Requirements:
To become Software Engineer, you will typically require a bachelor of science degree in computer engneering, computer science or electrical engineering.

Responsibilities or Required Technical Skills:
Since the computer engineering field is quite broad, the requiredtechnical skills listed in the job posting you may come across will vary, depending on wthether the job is more hardware of software focused, and which industry the employer belongs to. Typically, you will need to have followings:

  1. An understanding of the particular hardware architecture you will be working with.
2. Experience designing, cosding and testing software.
3. Familiarity with Software Test Procedures or Scripts.
4. Experience building your own PC System.
5. Experience with the Device Drivers.
6. Understanding of the diffrent Operating Systems, including Windows and Lunux. and how certain types of software will work with them.
7. Understanding of Networking and Security.
8. Understanding of the (Sometimes specialized) software that is typically used in a particular industry.
9. Knowledge of programming languages such as C, C++, Java and othe Object-Oriented programming languages.

Software Engineers usually use Computer-Assisted Software Engineering, or CASE, tools to automate the process. They also test, debug and update programs.

Other Crucial Skills:
Since Computer Engineers work closely with Programers, designers, product developers, and testers, they really need to have strong Interpersonal and Communications skills, as well as ability to work in a team.

Fields employing Software Engineers:
Software Engineers are likely to find work in a variety of fields, including (but not limited to):
3. Manufacturing
4. Transportation
5. Product Development

Here are some interesting "Niche" areas of Software Engineering:
1. Working with Radar and Communications Technology.
2. Supporting High performance and embedded computing systems for nuclear medicines.
3. Military Software Support.
4. Designing new motors and sensors for Robotics Equipments.

Job Roles:
Like any industry, IT industry too offers varied range of roles and positions to professionals:
2. Hardware Engineers
3. System Designer
4. System Analyst
6. DBA

Further doubts or queries feel free to contact.


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