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Every once in a while we like to see our suffering justified, filled with a ray of hope, with a pinch of motivation as to what awaits us in the real world. Here is a fragment of a really interesting article from the IEEE, telling you the what, why and how of software engineering. Also, remember that the UTEP CS department now offers a M.S. in Software Engineering!
“Software engineering was recently dubbed the best job of 2011 by career site Career Cast, and magazines like Forbes and Fortunehave also extolled the virtues and importance of the field.
So why are these employees so valuable? Look no further than the often-citedStandish Group “Chaos” reports, which most recently (2009) found that only 32% of software projects are, in their terms, “successful.” The Standish report found that 44% of software projects were “challenged,” usually involving cost over-runs and late delivery, and a full 24% of projects failed. Since companies often can’t afford these costly delays or failures, engineers who operate by a set of standard development principles, such as those defined in the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK), can help keep costs down and products flowing out the door.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the number of employed software engineers has grown more than 25 percent in the past decade, from 745,000 in 2001 to 1,206,000 in 2010. The earning potential for software engineers is also strong, with both computer systems and applications software engineers averaging more than $90,000 in annual wages in 2009, according to BLS data.”
f you want to learn more, read the full article at http://www.todaysengineer.org/2011/Mar/career-focus.asp