Computer software engineers will be among the fastest-growing jobs in engineering, rising 32 percent over the next decade. If you know multiple programming languages and tools, your skills will be highly valued.
The accelerated growth in computer systems, driven by the need for businesses to become increasingly more efficient, will fuel the growth of jobs in this engineering sector. Other job drivers will be the ongoing push for computer networking and the integration of Internet technologies with ecommerce systems. Applications will be needed to sustain and build these emerging business paradigms on a global basis.
Security and efficiency will also draw in top talent as companies and governments are faced with cyber attacks?both at home and abroad. Systems will need to be continually upgraded as cyber threats adapt to ever-increasing safeguards. High paid consultants will be in demand to fill many of these roles. And as the global economy matures, software engineers will have to add foreign language skills to their computer language repertoire.
Mobile technologies, considered by some to still be in their infancy, will create a huge demand for software engineers as applications continue to grow and expand on an almost exponential scale.
The downside for some software engineers seeking jobs in the US is that routine software engineering tasks will be outsourced overseas. The upside is that many firms in the US will be promoting engineers to managerial posts, creating vacancies for bright young talent.
In addition to strong technical skills, those entering the field will need a bachelor?s degree in computer engineering or computer science. Engineers hoping to move up the ladder will need robust programming and systems analysis skills as well as improved interpersonal and business skills.
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