Most Appealing Careers in Software

By Stacy Zeiger , last updated December 21, 2011

Those who enjoy working with computers and have a knack for quickly picking up technical skills may enjoy a career in software. Roles in software range from designing and engineering software to helping market or test new products that have come on the market. Those interested in a career in software also have the opportunity to work with some of the best companies in the United States and earn large salaries for their technical expertise. To obtain a career in software, you typically need at least a Bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related field and knowledge of computer languages such as C++.

Game Design

Working in the field of video game design is a dream for many video game enthusiasts. As a video game designer you may work for a company known for its video game designs or create designs on your own and sell them online or to a larger company. Video game designers must have a strong knowledge of physics, calculus and statistics in order to create realistic games and graphics. Often one person will not work on a video game alone, but rather with a team of game designers with each member of the team focusing on different features, such as coding, graphic design, testing, and general development.

Software Engineer

Software engineers play a variety of roles in technology companies. At the entry-level, most software engineers are involved with coding, creating and inputting codes to make a piece of software work as desired. Other software engineers may work at the conceptual end of the field, coming up with ideas and designs for new software or overseeing other software engineers as they complete a project. As a software engineer, you may also be involved in trouble-shooting or figuring out to improve existing software to keep it up-to-date with the latest devices.

Software Marketing

Like most products, marketing is required to get even the most innovative products to sell. When it comes to selling software, it helps to have an in-depth knowledge of the software and how it compares to other products on the market. If you enjoy interacting with others, a career in software marketing may be the way to go. While you have a small role in the development and creation of the software, your biggest job is to interact with potential customers and work with the advertising department to create a marketing campaign for the software.

Software Testing

Software needs to be tested to make sure it works and to account for any possible complaints by users. Software testers add an extra pair of eyes to any piece of software, using it in multiple scenarios to find problems or note places where the software may be enhanced. Being a software tester also allows you to be one of the first to gain access to the latest software.

Hot Companies

Each year, CNN releases its list of the top 100 companies to work for and multiple companies that offer careers in software make the list. In 2011, companies such as Brocade Communication Systems, which provides data management systems, paid software engineers an average of $150,000 a year. Other software engineering companies that made the list include Microsoft, which offers competitive 401(k) and healthcare benefits, along with a campus full of amenities, and DreamWorks Animation, which provides employees with benefits such as free breakfast, lunch and yoga.

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