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Software developer

What does a software developer do?

The work of a software developer (also known as a software engineer) affects many aspects of our day-to-day lives. From websites, to cars, smartphones, laptops and other devices – software engineering involves creating and maintaining anything that uses software. If you’re interested in a career in software engineering, your focus will be to ensure the products you’re working on are easy to use, reliable and effective. Through software development you can help businesses solve complex problems and propose innovative ways to achieve company goals.

If you’re still wondering ‘what does a software developer do?’, your daily tasks might involve writing code, debugging and testing, designing software, researching emerging technologies, or collaborating with stakeholders.

Is a career as a software developer right for me?

Software development is suited to someone who enjoys problem-solving and is fascinated by technology. Other skills and attributes beneficial for a career in software development include:

  • an interest in continuous learning 
  • an aptitude for technology
  • good interpersonal skills 
  • high attention to detail 
  • the ability to work independently and as part of a team. 

How to become a software developer

Every journey to study is individual and are several paths to reaching your career in software engineering. At HQporner, we offer the following degrees in the area of software application and development: 

Average salary per week
Future demand
Very Strong

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Last updated May 2024.

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