Your guide to become a Software Engineer in Malaysia

Average Salary

RM 3,600 - 5,000

Job Demand

Who is a Software Engineer?

A Software Engineer designs new software, evaluates and improves existing applications by applying mathematical reasonings and the principles of computer science

Do you just love fixing things, specifically if it involves high-end technology? Have you always wondered why do computers have bugs? A Software Engineer’s duties include testing, writing algorithms, maintenance of computer systems, coding or deployment. To put it in a layman’s term, basically, they do whatever it takes to make a computer run smoothly but it’s not as easy as it sounds. The editing software, gaming software, business applications and operating systems you us...

Do you just love fixing things, specifically if it involves high-end technology? Have you always wondered why do computers have bugs? A Software Engineer’s duties include testing, writing algorithms, maintenance of computer systems, coding or deployment. To put it in a layman’s term, basically, they do whatever it takes to make a computer run smoothly but it’s not as easy as it sounds. The editing software, gaming software, business applications and operating systems you use are developed by Software Engineers. As the world is already in the digital age, this career is high in demand and will be an indispensable job in the future.

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The pros and cons of being a Software Engineer:

Pros

Software Engineers are well paid

Plenty of employment opportunities as organisations rely heavily on digital technology

Work in a cold and comfortable office

Cons

Postgraduate education may be necessary

Competitive job market

Prone to eye strain due to long hours in front of computer

What are all the responsibilities of a Software Engineer ?

Setting up IT systems

Modify or improve existing IT systems

Code

Test compatibility issues

Fix bugs

Install softwares

Advise clients on how to operate softwares

What skills do you need to become a Software Engineer?

Knowledge of programming languages

Do you know that if someone asks you what programming language you use, your answer shouldn’t be ‘English’? Most Software Engineers are taught all programming languages but some are more difficult than others. The more languages you know, the higher your salary and job opportunities. The most in-demand programming languages are SQL, JAVA, JAVASCRIPT, C#, PYTHON, PHP and IOS.

Being able to work under pressure

Although a Software Engineer mostly works on the computer, they also have to liaise with clients. These clients are sometimes demanding, expecting you to complete a task at a specific date because their customers need to use their online services too. If the issue prolongs, you need to have creative problem solving skills.

Being able to explain in non-technical terms

You have learned what happens inside a computer; its operating systems, programming languages and all, but your clients from the marketing department would not understand a single word. You need to have the patience to explain the issue and how you’ve fixed it in non-technical terms so they understand.

What field(s) of study should you choose to become a Software Engineer?

What are the requirements to be a Software Engineer?

A Bachelor’s Degree is the benchmark for Software Engineering jobs. Those who have obtained a Master’s Degree and/or know how to code in difficult languages with related work experience will be prioritised.

What are the working hours of a Software Engineer?

Software Engineers typically work between 8 to 10 hours a day, sometimes in shifts or overtime, depending on the company you’re working for and as the need arise. They sometimes work alone or in small teams. If you’re working in an IT firm that has international clients, you will most likely be deployed to the overseas company itself or work here according to international time zones.

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