Accelerated digital transformation in recent years means that software engineers are in demand at organisations of all sizes. This trend won’t disappear any time soon and, as a result of the digital skills gap, there are roles out there for those interested in these opportunities. Let’s look at what a software engineer’s responsibilities actually are, as well as the skills required to succeed.
In short, a software engineer is responsible for creating, designing and developing software programs. Consequently, they may also be referred to in job specifications as a “programmer”; however, that isn’t always applicable since this description overlooks the methods and principles that they use, which are associated with engineering.
Day-to-day tasks for a software engineer include identifying user requirements, developing projects, testing software and ensuring regular improvements.
Regardless of whether a software engineer works on the front-end or back-end of technologies, they will need to be proficient in coding.
Some software engineers will work end-to-end – these are known as Full Stack Engineers. This role requires a combination of the skills listed above, although the degree to which this is important depends on the role. A good candidate will have a strong understanding of the technology’s architecture and the overall project.
As mentioned above, the most important technical skill needed to be a software engineer is the ability to write in several programming languages. However, in addition to these technical skills, it’s also incredibly important to focus on developing your soft skills, such as communication, collaboration and problem solving.
If you’re interested in tailoring your CV so that it is suitable for software engineering roles, make sure to watch this talk I recently gave to the students at STRIVE, Europe’s leading coding bootcamp academy.
Software engineers used to focus largely on desktop applications, before the move to web-based programmes. Nowadays, users tend to access these on mobile. These developments in technology and user preferences have meant that engineers have had to adapt their thinking and the way in which they approach a project.
It appears that the next step will be to augmented and virtual reality, and the wearable hardware that supports the experience. With the emergence of cutting-edge tech like Web3, Blockchain and the Metaverse, software engineers should be comfortable working in these spaces if they are to find roles in the near future.
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UK&I National Lead – Hays Software Development Recruitment