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Study Software Engineering

Love creating digital magic? Studying Software Engineering could be the pathway you’re searching for, allowing you to use the technical and creative parts of your mind to develop functional software programs.

Demand

The US will need 409,500 extra software engineers by 2030

Top level

Top-level software engineers can earn USD$155,991 a year

Salary

US software engineers earn a median salary of USD$92,824

30%

Software engineering jobs will grow 30% in the next five years

Software engineers use their knowledge of programming languages and computer operating systems to design and develop software. Using mathematics and computer science principles, software engineers create operating systems, games, apps and more, depending on their specialisation. As well as developing new software, software engineers also train others and test existing software programs.

If you’re after a career path with stellar future prospects, studying Software Engineering makes perfect sense!
Software Engineering is well-suited to people with a logical mind and an inquisitive nature. In order to develop software that exceeds expectations, you’ll need to blend creativity and curiosity with rationality and careful analysis. You should also be able to work alongside other people, as software development is a team effort.

Bear in mind that software engineers work an average of 8.5 hours a day, which is higher than the national average of 7 hours. 44% of them also work after dinner time, being highly committed to their craft. Luckily, remote working is quite commonplace among software engineers, which can help to balance out this higher time commitment. Software engineers can also choose to work either as employees or contractors, with the former offering stability and the latter offering flexibility.
Software engineers typically hold a Bachelor’s degree in either Software Engineering or Computer Science. In the US, this can set you back around USD$30,000 a year, while in Canada, it’ll cost around CAD$15,000 a year.

It’s also worth noting that software engineers study more than the average population. Given how quickly the industry is changing, it’s important for professionals to stay on top of the latest advancements. In fact, 48% of all software engineers have said that they recently learnt a new skill, compared to 36% of other working professionals. 45% of software engineers also updated their LinkedIn profiles recently, making sure to demonstrate their continuous learning.
The US will need an additional 260,200 software engineers over the next ten years, which translates to incredible opportunities for budding engineers. App development is set to grow by 26%, while systems engineering will see an increase of around 10%. Comparatively, the growth rate for other professions is only 4%.

As software becomes a bigger part of everyday life, software engineers will be able to enjoy opportunities across a diverse array of industries and companies. Plus, Silicon Valley isn’t the only place to enjoy a thriving Software Engineering career - Montreal, London and Melbourne also have booming industries!
Software engineers can choose from a range of specialisations depending on their area of interest and market demand.

Front-End Engineer


Front-end engineers develop the user interface (UI) of websites and apps, crafting the visual elements of the program. They’re also responsible for ensuring cross-browser compatibility and eliminating bugs to ensure the best possible user experience.

Back-End Engineer


Back-end engineers manage the performance of a given application, designing and implementing the core logic while ensuring scalability. The business logic, server scripts and application programming interfaces they write will then be used by front-end engineers and UX designers to produce the program.

Full-Stack Engineer


A software engineer that is across both front and back-end engineering is called a full-stack engineer. These professionals can work independently or within an organisation to provide an end-to-end service.

Mobile Engineer


Mobile engineering is truly taking off, particularly appealing to younger workers. These professionals design, develop and implement software for phones and mobile devices, typically specialising in either iOS or Android.

Test or Quality Assurance Engineer


Test or QA engineers create automated tests and tools to ensure all programs and processes run smoothly. You can choose to specialise in either hardware or software, perfecting products and services before they are launched on the market.

Top Software Engineering courses

Top Universities to study Software Engineering

Monash University Malaysia

Monash University Malaysia

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Charles Sturt University

Charles Sturt University

THE ranking: 801

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Monash University

Monash University

THE ranking: 57

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TAFE South Australia

TAFE South Australia

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Federation University Australia

Federation University Australia

THE ranking: 601

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The University of New South Wales

The University of New South Wales

THE ranking: 70

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University of Wollongong

University of Wollongong

THE ranking: 201

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University of Technology Sydney

University of Technology Sydney

THE ranking: 143

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The University of Queensland

The University of Queensland

THE ranking: 54

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La Trobe University

La Trobe University

THE ranking: 201

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The University of Newcastle

The University of Newcastle

THE ranking: 251

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Deakin University

Deakin University

THE ranking: 251

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The University of Sydney

The University of Sydney

THE ranking: 58

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Swinburne University of Technology

Swinburne University of Technology

THE ranking: 301

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Flinders University

Flinders University

THE ranking: 251

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University of South Australia

University of South Australia

THE ranking: 301

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The University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne

THE ranking: 33

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The Australian National University

The Australian National University

THE ranking: 54

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The University of Adelaide

The University of Adelaide

THE ranking: 111

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University of Canberra

University of Canberra

THE ranking: 170

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Queensland University of Technology

Queensland University of Technology

THE ranking: 193

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Billy Blue College of Design

Billy Blue College of Design

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Charles Darwin University

Charles Darwin University

THE ranking: 501

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The University of Western Australia

The University of Western Australia

THE ranking: 132

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Edith Cowan University

Edith Cowan University

THE ranking: 401

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Curtin University

Curtin University

THE ranking: 251

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The University of Southern Queensland

The University of Southern Queensland

THE ranking: 401

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TAFE NSW Institutes

TAFE NSW Institutes

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University of Tasmania (UTAS)

University of Tasmania (UTAS)

THE ranking: 301

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Griffith University

Griffith University

THE ranking: 201

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Chisholm Institute of TAFE

Chisholm Institute of TAFE

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Think Colleges

Think Colleges

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Melbourne Institute of Technology (MIT)

Melbourne Institute of Technology (MIT)

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International Institute of Business & Information Technology (IIBIT)

International Institute of Business & Information Technology (IIBIT)

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Torrens University Australia

Torrens University Australia

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Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

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Acadia University

Acadia University

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Camosun College

Camosun College

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Trent University

Trent University

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Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

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Toronto Metropolitan University

Toronto Metropolitan University

THE ranking: 801

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Seneca College

Seneca College

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Ontario Tech University

Ontario Tech University

THE ranking: 601

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Algoma University

Algoma University

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Brock University

Brock University

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York University

York University

THE ranking: 401

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University of Waterloo

University of Waterloo

THE ranking: 201

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Centennial College of Applied Arts and Technology

Centennial College of Applied Arts and Technology

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Carleton University

Carleton University

THE ranking: 601

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Concordia University

Concordia University

THE ranking: 601

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Conestoga College

Conestoga College

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Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning

Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning

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Lakehead University

Lakehead University

THE ranking: 801

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Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology

Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology

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McMaster University

McMaster University

THE ranking: 80

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Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

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Queen's University

Queen's University

THE ranking: 251

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Thompson Rivers University

Thompson Rivers University

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Simon Fraser University

Simon Fraser University

THE ranking: 201

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University of Calgary

University of Calgary

THE ranking: 201

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University of Guelph

University of Guelph

THE ranking: 501

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University of British Columbia

University of British Columbia

THE ranking: 37

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University of Alberta

University of Alberta

THE ranking: 125

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University of New Brunswick

University of New Brunswick

THE ranking: 601

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University of Ottawa

University of Ottawa

THE ranking: 162

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University of Windsor

University of Windsor

THE ranking: 601

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University of Saskatchewan

University of Saskatchewan

THE ranking: 501

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University of Victoria

University of Victoria

THE ranking: 301

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Western University

Western University

THE ranking: 201

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International Language Academy of Canada (ILAC)

International Language Academy of Canada (ILAC)

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Lambton College

Lambton College

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Auckland University of Technology

Auckland University of Technology

THE ranking: 201

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The University of Waikato

The University of Waikato

THE ranking: 401

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Victoria University of Wellington

Victoria University of Wellington

THE ranking: 501

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Massey University

Massey University

THE ranking: 601

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Unitec New Zealand Limited

Unitec New Zealand Limited

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University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury

THE ranking: 501

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The University of Otago

The University of Otago

THE ranking: 201

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Whitireia New Zealand

Whitireia New Zealand

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Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology

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Yoobee Colleges

Yoobee Colleges

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Southern Institute of Technology

Southern Institute of Technology

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The University of Auckland

The University of Auckland

THE ranking: 137

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University of Regina

University of Regina

THE ranking: 601

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Bow Valley College

Bow Valley College

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SAIT Polytechnic

SAIT Polytechnic

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Nova Scotia Community College

Nova Scotia Community College

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Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology

Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology

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TAFE Queensland

TAFE Queensland

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Red Deer Polytechnic

Red Deer Polytechnic

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Whitecliffe

Whitecliffe

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Loyalist College in Toronto (Toronto Business College)

Loyalist College in Toronto (Toronto Business College)

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Northern College at Pures -Toronto

Northern College at Pures -Toronto

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Matrix College

Matrix College

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HCN CEGEP Gaspesie et des Iles

HCN CEGEP Gaspesie et des Iles

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Swinburne University of Technology - Vietnam Campus

Swinburne University of Technology - Vietnam Campus

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RMIT University

RMIT University

THE ranking: 301

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