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Software Engineer or Developer

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Software engineers or developers design and develop the programs which tell computers to perform specified functions, such as controlling complex manufacturing processes or aerospace systems. They may also be called systems developers or the name of a specific programming language, for example Java, C# or C++, may be in the title.

The Work

You could be:

Most software engineers and developers are familiar with a range of applications and languages, but you might specialise in one particular type.

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

The starting salary can be in the range of £22,000 to £30,000 a year. Senior or lead programmers and developers can earn up to £60,000 a year or more. You might earn extra through bonuses or performance related pay.

If you have specialist skills you may earn more through contract work.

Conditions

Employment Status UK %

Past Unemployment
Scotland


Year Unemployed

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Getting In

There are jobs with a wide range of organisations: software houses, IT consultants, the armed forces, central and local government, public utilities, the media, the aerospace, telecommunications, banking and electronics industries.

Opportunities are good. You will find jobs advertised in the press, on the internet and in Jobcentre Plus offices or on the Universal Jobmatch website (formerly Jobseekers Direct).

Predicted Employment in Scotland

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You should be able to:

Training

Getting On

More Information

If you are considering a career in IT why not take a look at the Tech Future Careers website developed by the Tech Partnership, the Sector Skills Council for Business and Information Technology? You will find the video case studies of workers and general information on the industry useful.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
Tel: 01793 417424
Website: http://www.bcs.org
Twitter: @bcs
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IT.BCS/

EngineeringUK
Tel: 020 3206 0400
Website: http://www.engineeringuk.com
Twitter: @_EngineeringUK
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TomorrowsEngineers

Institution of Analysts and Programmers
Tel: 020 8434 3685
E-mail: admin@iap.org.uk
Website: http://www.iap.org.uk/

Tech Partnership
E-mail: info@thetechpartnership.com
Website: https://www.thetechpartnership.com/
Website (2): https://www.thetechpartnership.com/tech-future-careers/
Twitter: @TechPartnership
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/techpartnership/

The Tech Partnership took over the work of e-skills UK, the Sector Skills Council for information technology, telecommunications and contact centres.

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Computing and ICT

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