Software Engineering programs have gained popularity in India. India has now produced several software engineers - Sabeer Bhatia, Narayana Murthy who are now known at an international level. Software Engineering is essentially an engineering field which deals with the development and maintenance of reliable and efficient software systems. It is moderately a young field in comparison to other fields of engineering. This field adopts a systematic approach towards operation, development and maintainenace of softwares.
This is a field where it covers methods, tools and knowledge for fulfilling software requirements and performs software design, software maintenance tasks, user interface design, computer programming and software testing. Software Engineering as an interdisciplinary study includes the knowledge from various fields such as project management, management, mathematics, computer engineering, quality management and system engineering.
Software Engineers uses these principles and techniques of computer science, engineering, testing and evaluation of the software and systems that facilitate computers to perform their various applications. Software engineers can be implicated in the design and development of several types of softwares that includes operating systems software and network distribution which change programs for execution on a computer.
Few Courses offered under this field: -
- Diploma in Software Engineering
- Bachelor of Engineering in Software Engineering
- Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering
- Bachelor of Technology in Software Engineering
- Master of Engineering in Software Engineering
- Master of Science in Computer Technology
- Master of Science in Software Engineering
- Master of Technology in Software Engineering
- Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Software and Network Technology
For admission in a bachelor’s degree, the candidate must have passed the higher secondary school certificate (10+2) examination with science subject such as biology, maths and chemistry. For IITs, It is mandatory to qualify in the Joint Entrance Examinations (J.E.E). The duration for this course is 4 years.
The eligibility criteria for pursuing a master’s degree are holding a bachelor's degree in (B.E/B.Tech) or any other equivalent branches of engineering. The duration for this course is 2 years.
Some of its specialized fields are -
- Software Development Process
- Software Design
- Software Engineering Tools
- Software Testing
- Software Maintenance
- Software Development
- Software Engineering Management
- Software Quality
- Software Configuration Management
There are multiple job opportunities in this field. Software Engineering as a career has a demand for software engineers across the industries. Plenty of job opportunities are available for software engineers in a lot of software companies in India. Some of the recognized software companies consist of Wipro Ltd, HCL Infosystems Ltd, Larsen & Toubro Ltd, Infosys Technologies Ltd, Infotech Ltd, NIIT Ltd, IBM, Tata Infotech Ltd, etc. in the multinational companies such as Cisco Systems, Apple Computer, Dell etc are top employers in software market.
Software Engineering is a sector which is very competitive and hectic but it’s a lucrative career option. For fresher’s software engineers are probable to test and confirm ongoing designs. When they become experienced they may possibly become involved in designing and developing software. Few computer software engineers with sufficient years of experience can find lucrative opportunities such as systems designers or independent consultants or they can even start their own computer consulting firms.
Software engineers are also required in public/private sectors school and colleges. Moreover, software engineers can also start their own software company. They can also choose teaching as a career option in engineering colleges.
Few Job Types under this field: -
- Chief Information Officer
- Chief Technical Officer
- Director Quality Engineering
- Independent Consultants
- Information Systems Manager
- Project Manager
- Software Designers
- Software Development Engineer
- Software Programmers
- Systems Designers
Few Employment Areas under this field: -
- Communications Firms
- Computer Consulting Firms
- Construction Firms
- Educational Institutes
- Financial Institutions
- Financial Institutions
- Insurance Providers
- Management of Companies and Enterprises
- Manufacturers of Computers and Related Electronic Equipments
- Public and Private Sector Banks
- Software Publishers