Careers in Software Engineering
Software engineering covers tools, knowledge and methods to define software requirements and to perform computer programming, software design, user interface design, software maintenance tasks and software testing. Like most different profession, software engineering encompasses the knowledge from different fields like computer engineering, computer science, mathematics, management, quality management, project management, system engineering and software ergonomics.
With the rapidly expanding scope of computer works and escalating e-trade,a career in software engineering has become highly lucrative. To succeed in this field,a Software engineers must possess strong programming skills apart from regular algorithms and problem solving aptitude.
The basic eligibility to get admitted into BE/B.Tech in Software Engineering is 10+2 or equivalent examination, with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. Selection into this course which spans for four years is made on the basis of marks secured in 10+2 exam and on one’s overall performance in the entrance exam conducted in Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) conducted by IITs or All India Engineering Entrance Exam (AIEEE). Exams are also conducted by various state and institutes separately. For M.E or M.Tech in Software Engineering one must complete the BE / B.Tech program successfully. Besides BE / B.Tech or M.E or M.Tech, one can also pursue BCA or MCA to make a career in software programming. BCA and MCA courses. Admission to BCA and MCA courses are offered by almost all universities subject to the student’s performance in the written test.
Career Prospects in Software Engineering
Computer software engineers are one of the fastest growing professionals. Software developing companies are the favoured place for most of the Software engineers. As there is explosive growth of e-commerce, software can seek to be employed in corporate houses, industries and public sector undertakings. Besides, software engineers can also open their own software development firm. They can also run consultancy to develop and repair software according to the requirements of the clients. Teaching in engineering colleges is also a very good option.
Career in software engineering is highly rewarding considering the present status of Information Technology.While freshers can easily draw around 15000 to Rs. 20000 a month, engineers with 5 years of experience who are much sought after can get around 60000-70000 rupees as salary per month. Software programmers running their own consultancy firms may also get handsome returns.
Software Engineering Colleges in India
Software Engineering courses are offered at all engineering institutes in the contry including the IITs and the NITs. Similarly BCA and MCA courses are covered by almost all universities in India.