While many information technology professionals cover one area of expertise, senior software engineers serve several different roles. They are capable of doing the jobs of several positions. They design, evaluate, and test software working either for software companies who sell software, or in the information technology division of businesses that have a need to use their own software privately.
Senior software engineers must be able to read programming languages. This ability sets them apart from people in other industries or jobs. Reading programming languages requires specialized training. Senior software engineers lead teams in several steps of creating or improving software. They will design and develop software, evaluate it to see if there could be improvements made, and test it to see if there are any bugs in the software. Some work for software companies who produce software to be sold to the public. Others may work for businesses that use their own private software in their offices. Senior software engineers work in office environments, usually in their own office or in conference rooms. They work normal business hours, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. They usually report to an information technology director or a supervisor of software development. Their tools for work include software, computers, telephones, pen and paper, and other typical office supplies.
Senior software engineers must generally have a bachelor's degree in computer engineering, information technology, or computer science. Experience in software engineering is also required. They must also have good leadership skills and be able to lead a team of intelligent minds.
A senior software engineer is a very important member of the teams that create and improve on software used personally and in business. Without their expertise, everyday computer-related tasks would be much more difficult and less convenient for people to complete. Production in all areas would be much slower than it is today.
Senior Software Engineer Tasks
- Write code to create single-threaded or user interface event driven applications, either stand-alone and those which access servers or services.
- Use source debuggers and visual development environments.
- Write, modify, and debug software for client applications.
- Test and document software for client applications.
- Mentor other employees in development methodologies.