You may be able to start your career while you are still in school. Many programs require students to complete an internship that builds practical experience and may lead to a job after graduation. Your school's career center, a program advisor, or an instructor may also be able to help you navigate your job search in a way that's productive. Career networking sites such as LinkedIn can also help you explore job openings and connect with others in your field for informational interviews and career insight. If you are in a bootcamp or other online training program, you may be able to participate in a group project to build skills and network for job opportunities.
Kris Silvey has worked as a software engineer for over nine years and is currently a senior software developer at Craft Designs, Inc. He offers this advice when looking for your first job. "Remember that your first job is likely not your last job. If you're having a hard time getting your dream job, then just try to get a job somewhat related to your field. Any amount of experience will put you ahead of the curve when it comes to future applications."
Any amount of experience will put you ahead of the curve when it comes to future applications."
As you start a career, it's also imperative to never lose sight of the reputation you are building and how critical it can be to land a job. "Try to never burn professional bridges," Silvey advises, "Your professional community is more connected than you might imagine and news of misdeeds and work ethic (good or bad) will be shared."
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), software engineers earn a $105,310 annual median salary, with the lowest 10% earning less than $65,210 and the highest earning over $170,100. Location, experience, and the company's size may determine salary. Software engineering is often the first step to becoming a software developer; these professionals earn a $110,140 annual median salary. Jobs in the software publishing industry pay a $124,050 median yearly wage which is the highest of all sectors employing software professionals.
The job outlook is strong for software engineers and is expected to grow 19% through 2030. As technology evolves, the demand for software engineering expertise is expected to increase. As a result, the BLS anticipates even higher job growth for software developers, analysts, and testers at 22%.