Software engineering is the development, operation, and maintenance of software. For many years now Software engineering continues to be a prestigious profession and an excellent field of study dedicated to creating software that is of higher quality, cheaper, maintainable, and quicker to build. Since the field is relatively young compared to its sister fields of engineering, there is still much work and debate around what software engineering actually is. It is not viewed as just programming anymore.
Education Details & Eligibility:
To become a software engineer one should have a graduate degree (B.E. B.Tech.) or at least a diploma in computer science engineering. The degree and postgraduate degree courses are offered by various private and government engineering colleges. Various options available are:
1. B.Sc. Software Engineering
2. M.Sc. Software Engineering (Integrated & Non-Integrated)
3. B.E. Computer Science and Engineering
Basic eligibility criteria:
Higher Secondary students (+2) with 1st or 2nd group as their major or Diploma holders in Computer Science engineering/ Information technology can choose to do any one of the following:
A 5-year integrated Software Engineering course ( M.Sc.).
Degrees in software engineering are offered at various universities globally. In India, software engineering programs typically take anywhere between five to six years and result in an B.E (Software Engineering) orM.Sc. (Software Engineering). Diploma Course in software engineering is offered in some foreign Universities as a one-year Program.
Approximate Education Expenses:
The Total expense for doing a course in Software Engineering is as follows:
B.E. (Computer Science) - Rs.50, 000/ per year (4 years)
M.E. (Software Engineering) - Rs.50, 000/ per year - (2 years)
Bank loans and private loans can easily be arranged by directly contacting the banks through the college administration.
Career courses include Financial Accounting, Hardware & Networking, Web Technologies, Multimedia & DTP and Software Development. The duration of these courses varies between 1-1½ years.
International certifications such as RedHat Certifications (RHCE, RHCT), Cisco Certifications (CCNA, CCNP), Microsoft Certifications (MCP, MCSA, and MCSE) and CompTIA Certifications (A+, Network+) are also worth doing.
Higher Education Options:
Software Engineering graduates are the pillars in the current and emerging information era. Opportunities include pursuing Master of Science programs in reputed Universities in the U.S.A and taking up research assignments in System Software, Computer Engineering, Multimedia, and Net Working and Communications areas.
Job opportunities are ever increasing, and are varied in nature. System Study, Analysis, Design and Programming are the inherent phases in application development, and each one of them provides enormous potential to the Computer Science and Engineering graduates to shape themselves in their career. Hi-end profiles include Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Graphic Solutions and Simulations.
The salary can be from Rs.7, 000 to Rs.30, 000 for freshers and increases with the person's experience and knowledge.
The IEEE Computer Society is a premier society established for software engineers all over the world.