$140K - $200K+ per year
$80K - $90K per year
(1 to 3 years)
Software Engineer Continued
How to get started
There are many schools and online platforms to earn your software development education. Some employers do prefer a degree in computer science (especially for internships), but having a degree is not required by many employers. You can begin your coding journey as soon as today!
Coding boot camps offer a great way to learn about software development in a short amount of time; programs usually offer full-time and part-time options that range between 3 to 9 months. The average cost for most coding boot camps is between $5,000 and $15,000. It is not required to go to a boot camp or have a 4 year degree to become a developer; you can be a self-taught developer using free online tutorials and self-paced learning programs.
There are thousands of courses online for as little as a $25 and all the way up to a few hundred dollars. Recommended companies providing coursework include Coursera, Codecademy, Treehouse, Udemy, and Udacity. Some free options include YouTube coding tutorials, Medium.com, and FreeCodeCamp.com.
Common entry-level titles are junior developer, junior QA engineer, technical support engineer, application support analyst, WordPress developer, and web designer.
Things to consider:
Software Engineering is a broad term and there are a fair amount of niche roles that can sometimes also fall under the software engineering title such as mobile development like iOS & Android or even cryptocurrency. This may also include roles that focus on managing the actual operating systems that power the software applications as well as managing performance, security, databases, and cloud storage. Other / similar titles include systems engineer, devOps engineer, cloud engineer, data engineer, blockchain developer, cyber security engineer, and embedded software engineer (hardware programming).
$110K + per year
$96K per year
1 to 3 years experience
6 + years experience
Bureau of Labor Statistics
$65,000 or less per year (bottom 10%)
$110,000 per year (US average)
$170,000 or more per year (top 10%)
Becoming a software engineer is a great career for someone interested in solving technical problems in a team environment! There are tons of challenges for developers to solve in different settings, and with a growing market there is a good layer of job security for years to come.
Learning to code can also be a great gateway into all of the roles that play an integral part in software development which could help you find an area with the tech industry that best suites you. These areas include product management, UX design, QA, and data science.