Software Engineering Career Paths: 4 Cool Coding Jobs

Katie Dunn By Katie Dunn ● October 14, 2021
Software Engineering Career Paths 4 Cool Coding Jobs FEATURED

Once you’ve learned to code, there are many soft­ware engi­neer­ing career paths to explore. 

Learn­ing to code unlocks so many oppor­tu­ni­ties that under­stand­ing which job route to focus on can be both excit­ing and over­whelm­ing. There are a mul­ti­tude of soft­ware engi­neer­ing career paths to apply your pro­gram­ming skills to, and they each focus on dif­fer­ent specialties.
Here are four inter­est­ing routes to apply your skills after grad­u­at­ing from a pro­gram­ming boot­camp like Momentum:
  1. Tech­ni­cal Sup­port Engineer 

If you are a stel­lar com­mu­ni­ca­tor and have patience for resolv­ing issues, Tech­ni­cal Sup­port Engi­neer could be a great posi­tion for you. Tech­ni­cal Sup­port Engi­neers are cus­tomer ser­vice spe­cial­ists with advanced tech­ni­cal skills. They work with cus­tomers via email/​video/​phone/​live chat to help rem­e­dy any prob­lems they are experiencing.
As a Tech­ni­cal Sup­port Engi­neer, you trou­bleshoot sys­tems to iden­ti­fy caus­es of mal­func­tions and assist in devel­op­ing ways to com­bat repeat­ed errors in the future. Fil­ing bug reports, being dili­gent in doc­u­ment­ing com­plaints, track­ing cus­tomer his­to­ry logs, and send­ing sup­port requests are oth­er func­tions of this posi­tion. Under­stand­ing ver­sion con­trol sys­tems such as Git or GitHub is impor­tant tech­ni­cal knowl­edge to pos­sess for this job. And if you are good at pri­or­i­tiz­ing tasks and remain­ing col­lect­ed and per­sis­tent when work­ing through a chal­lenge, you have the major soft skills need­ed for this role.

2. DevOps Engineer

If you are a master of streamlining processes, the role of Development and Operations Engineer (DevOps for short) may be your perfect fit. To understand a DevOps Engineer’s position, first you should have an idea of DevOps itself, which is a way of structuring an organization that hinges on DevOps allows organizations to deploy software changes constantly without any action on users’ parts, enabling more quick product update releases and greater automation and efficiency of internal processes.
A DevOps Engi­neer has an array of respon­si­bil­i­ties to ensure that IT infra­struc­ture is func­tion­ing har­mo­nious­ly. They intro­duce tools and method­olo­gies that bal­ance busi­ness needs through­out the soft­ware devel­op­ment life­cy­cle, coor­di­nat­ing cod­ing, deploy­ment, main­te­nance, and updates. As a DevOps Engi­neer, you must also be great with inter­per­son­al skills and project man­age­ment, facil­i­tat­ing coop­er­a­tion between teams with dif­fer­ent respon­si­bil­i­ties so they can achieve per­for­mance goals and every­thing runs smoothly.
Oth­er respon­si­bil­i­ties include over­see­ing code releas­es or deploy­ments, writ­ing code to auto­mate tasks or build plu­g­ins to improve tools, and run­ning per­for­mance test­ing and bench­mark­ing. See­ing the big pic­ture as a DevOps Engi­neer is essen­tial, so you can iden­ti­fy areas for improve­ment, work to devise a solu­tion, and car­ry out that plan across var­ied teams – you get to be involved in so many facets of an agile organization!

3. Junior Data Analyst/​Data Scientist

If data makes your heart sing, Data Sci­en­tist could be your dream among soft­ware engi­neer­ing career paths. In this role, data sci­en­tists– to no sur­prise – study and eval­u­ate data. They exam­ine issues with net­works to devise solu­tions and help solve com­pli­cat­ed com­put­ing prob­lems. They also can eval­u­ate the func­tion­al­i­ty of cur­rent soft­ware in order to make informed, tech­ni­cal rec­om­men­da­tions to IT depart­ments as well as help devel­op new sys­tems and machine learn­ing models.
Once you’ve com­plet­ed a cod­ing boot­camp and decid­ed that Data Sci­en­tist is the career you would like to pur­sue, you are like­ly to enter this field as a Junior Data Ana­lyst. Python and some expe­ri­ence with visu­al­iza­tion tools is need­ed for this entry lev­el posi­tion. Instead of cre­at­ing new sys­tems and pre­sent­ing data-backed find­ings, you will have more involve­ment with raw data; clean­ing data, rec­og­niz­ing trends, research­ing, and cre­at­ing visu­als are your main respon­si­bil­i­ties. If you are a crit­i­cal thinker, good at com­mu­ni­ca­tion, and metic­u­lous in sift­ing through data to craft insights, then you would be a great Junior Data Ana­lyst that can help inform Data Sci­en­tists’ sug­ges­tions on how com­pa­nies can best oper­ate. These pro­fes­sion­als are desir­able in the mod­ern busi­ness world, as the need for the skillsets of those skilled with data analy­sis was deemed a top-10 con­sid­er­a­tion by sur­veyed work­ers, team man­agers, and busi­ness lead­ers in the 2021 Degreed State of Skills Report .

4. Junior Mobile Developer/​Mobile Appli­ca­tion Developer

Mobile appli­ca­tions devel­op­ers are those who want to focus exten­sive­ly on pro­gram­ming for smart­phones and tablets. To excel at this role, you should be adept in using var­i­ous com­put­er lan­guages such as C++, Java, and HTML, among oth­ers. Being able to devel­op both Android and iOs prod­ucts also makes for a more com­pet­i­tive job can­di­date in mobile app development.
This career is entic­ing because of the rapid­ly grow­ing mobile appli­ca­tions mar­ket and demand for high­ly skilled engi­neers. It is also great for those who like work­ing in a more entre­pre­neur­ial envi­ron­ment or enjoy the vari­ety of try­ing out all kinds of new ideas giv­en the wide vari­ety of pur­pos­es apps can serve. It’s also remark­able to note that mobile app devel­op­er” was ranked the best job and career path in Amer­i­ca as of 2017 due to great base salary pay, job sat­is­fac­tion, and remark­able growth.
You are like­ly to start out as a Junior Mobile Devel­op­er assist­ing small teams in devel­op­ing a company’s mobile appli­ca­tion. You must ensure your pro­gram­ming is in line with design, write basic app fea­tures, and man­age bugs. The more expe­ri­ence you gain, the more com­plex app fea­tures you will be able to exe­cute and have more input in app design. If you like work­ing in both front and back end devel­op­ment and hav­ing a hand in every part of the prod­uct exe­cu­tion, then this spe­cial­ty would align well with your interests.

Learn­ing advanced cod­ing skills can set you up for suc­cess in a wide range of soft­ware engi­neer­ing career paths. Momen­tum cours­es offer full stack web devel­op­ment fun­da­men­tals, so you can become a mas­ter coder whose tal­ents are well-suit­ed for just about any posi­tion – enroll today, and the tech world can be your oyster!

Co-authored by Gin­ny Howey

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