A Software Engineer is a professional engineer who writes high-quality, well designed, fully performing software in compliance with coding standards, technical design, and full lifecycle software development best practices. They are very much in demand because many of the products we rely upon today are supported by software.
A Software Engineer specializes in either computer software applications or computer software systems. They apply the principles of software engineering to the design, development, maintenance, testing, and evaluation of the software and systems that make computers or anything containing software work. From computer operating systems to video games, to medical equipments and airplane safety, Software Engineers play a large impact in the modern world.
Since a Software Engineer performs complex functions and needs to be fundamentally sound, it is advisable to hire one possessing a bachelor's degree in computer science, software engineering, or computer information systems. Relevant experience is also an important factor and is something that employers place a high value on because it can show if the engineer has a good track experience.
The cost of a Software Engineer depends on three factors: education, working experience and proven track record. Combining all three entitles a candidate a good starting price. For those that have certification and attended a number of seminars equating to additional knowledge and skills, you can expect a higher rate.