Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Careers in Software Engineering

India has produced many software professionals like Narayana Murthy, Sabeer Bhatia, Nandan Niklani and many more who gained reputation at international level. These people brought software engineering in lime light and at present it is one of the hottest fields in computer engineering. Software Engineering is an engineering field which deals with the development, testing and maintenance of reliable and efficient software systems. Software engineering adopts a systematic approach towards operation, development, testing and maintenance of softwares.

Software Engineering is an interdisciplinary study includes the knowledge from many areas such as management, project management, mathematics, quality management, computer engineering, and system engineering.
Software engineers must have strong programming skills, good knowledge of math with strong problem solving skills. 

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

Basic Eligibility

For admission in a bachelor’s degree, the candidate must have passed 10+2 examination with science subject such as physics, chemistry and math. For IITs, It is mandatory to qualify in the Joint Entrance Examinations (IIT-J.E.E).  The duration for this course is 4 years.

The eligibility criteria for 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.

Available Specializations 
  • Software Configuration Management
  • Software Design
  • Software Development 
  • Software Development Process
  • Software Engineering Management
  • Software Engineering Tools
  • Software Maintenance
  • Software Quality
  • Software Testing

Job Prospects

Plenty of job opportunities are available for software engineers in India in many companies. Some of the recognized software companies which recruits large number of software engineers are HCL Infosystems Ltd, Larsen & Toubro Ltd, Wipro Ltd, Infosys Technologies Ltd, NIIT Ltd, Tata Consultancy Services, Mahindra Satayam etc. Many multinational companies such as Cisco Systems, Microsoft, SAP, Google, IBM, Dell etc are top international employers in software market.
Software engineers have job opportunities in public/private sectors colleges. Software engineers can also start their own software company. 
Software engineers are generally employed in communications firms, construction firms, computer consulting firms, educational institutes, financial institutions, insurance providers, management of companies and enterprises, manufacturers of computers and related electronic equipments, software publishers, public and private sector banks.


The salary for Software engineers depends on factors like qualification, institution of study, experience and job profile. The salary package for a fresher may be around Rs. 15,000 to 20,000. For experienced people, Indian companies offer pay packages in the range of Rs.5-6 Lac p.a. The scope for employment and salary is much better in western countries.

Top institutes in this field

  • Indian Institute of Technology/IIT located in various parts of India,
  • National Institute of Technologies located in various cities,
  • C-DAC (Centre for Development of Advanced Computing) located in different towns,
  • Institute of Computer & Information Science, Agra;
  • Indian Institute of Science and Information Technology (IISIT), Bhubaneswar;
  • ICFAI School of Information Technology (ISIT), Hyderabad
  • Xavier Institute of Communications, Mumbai
  • NIIT across India


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