This article is sponsored by Billy Blue College of Design at Torrens University Australia.
Software engineering is an ever expanding frontier, full of constant innovation. Over the past decade, the industry’s growth has been skyrocketing globally. In Australia, the industry has grown by an annualised 11.4% since 2015.
Think about it – when was the last time you went an entire day without using some form of software? From listening to your favourite music on Spotify, to playing a round of Overwatch and tapping your debit card to pay for your morning coffee, these everyday tasks wouldn’t be possible without someone creating the software that makes them run.
In an article discussing the future of software engineering, Maryville University noted that, “As businesses of all kinds rely more heavily on computer-driven processes, it’s up to software engineers to design, maintain, and innovate these infrastructures.”
“Software engineer” as a role is a bit of a vague term. What type of software are you engineering, exactly? As more and more industries are implementing innovations in computer, so too are the available options. According to TeachBeacon, the sectors where these innovations could be most implemented include retail, health care, research and development, business, Silicon Valley high-tech, government, and defence.
Due to this variety of sectors, there are plenty of options for applying software skills. If you love videogames, you can become a game programmer; if you have an interest in digital media, you can apply your skills to the field of UX and web design – or if you love tech but don’t want to program, take the lead and consider a role in digital transformation.
One of the hottest fields of software engineering is the increased development of artificial intelligence. While the automation of jobs may cause the displacement of human-workers