What does a Software Engineer do?

On the most basic level, software engineers write, debug, maintain, and test software that instructs a computer to accomplish certain tasks, such as saving information, performing calculations, etc. A software engineer will convert what needs to happen into one of many programming languages, the most common of which being Java, C++ and Python.

While many are self taught, most software engineers have obtained an undergraduate or graduate degree in computer science or computer engineering. The career of a software engineer typically follows one of two primary paths: they either progress through greater responsibility and ownership over technical architecture and systems or they progress into managing teams of software engineers and help orchestrate larger projects and help develop and mentor more junior engineers.

  • Analyze, design and develop tests and test-automation suites.
  • Design and develop a processing platform using various configuration management technologies.
  • Test software development methodology in an agile environment.
  • Provide ongoing maintenance, support and enhancements in existing systems and platforms.
  • Collaborate cross-functionally with data scientists, business users, project managers and other engineers to achieve elegant solutions.
  • Provide recommendations for continuous improvement.
  • Work alongside other engineers on the team to elevate technology and consistently apply best practices.
  • Hands-on experience working with technologies like Hadoop, Hive, Pig, Oozie, Map Reduce, Spark, Sqoop, Kafka, Flume, etc.
  • Strong DevOps focus and experience building and deploying infrastructure with cloud deployment technologies like ansible, chef, puppet, etc.
  • Experience with test-driven development and automated testing frameworks.
  • Experience with Scrum/Agile development methodologies.
  • Capable of delivering on multiple competing priorities with little supervision.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in computer science or equivalent experience.
  • We’re looking for someone with 3-5 years of experience in B2B, has a BS degree in computer science or similar, and is familiar with the following software/tools:
    • Experience with infrastructure automation technologies like Docker, Vagrant, etc.
    • Experience with build automation technologies like Maven, Jenkins, etc.
    • Experience with monitoring technologies like Nagios, Ganglia, etc.
    • Experience with modern programming languages like Java, Python, etc.
    • Experience with building APIs and services using REST, SOAP, etc.
    • Experience with scripting languages like Perl, Shell, etc.
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.8 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.7 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Software Engineer Salaries

Average Base Pay

HK$25,000 /month
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HK$18K
Median: HK$25K
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Software Engineer Career Path

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Software Engineer
HK$360,000/yr
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Software Engineer Insights

Read what Software Engineer professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
PatientKeeperPatientKeeper
Principal Software Engineer
12 Apr 2021

“I personally find that to be one of the most fun and challenging facets of being an employee!”

CSGCSG
Software Engineering Intern
2 Apr 2021

“My manager was fantastic and it was always great talking to them whenever I got the chance”

snapIoTsnapIoT
Software Engineer
13 Mar 2020

“Product is amazing to work on and is a good product of value in my opinion”

Fulcrum ITFulcrum IT
Senior Software Engineer
17 Aug 2021

“I enjoyed working for Project Manager (middle management) who was very competent and good to work with.”

BNY MellonBNY Mellon
Senior Software Engineer/Tech Lead
31 Aug 2019

“When i complaint about the rude and unprofessional behaviour of one of the my senior.”

ZartisZartis
Software Engineer
25 Mar 2021

“Personal development plans are not yet really developed and there is not a formal framework of career progress.”

Raytheon TechnologiesRaytheon Technologies
Software Engineer
30 Oct 2021

“Most of the people I've worked with across various are nice and enjoyable to work with.”

BehalfBehalf
Software Engineering Team Leader
12 Feb 2020

“Flexible working arrangements let me control my schedule and allow my spouse to stay late and flourish.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a software engineer

When working as a software engineer, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Javascript, HTML AND CSS, Node.js, Agile Software Development and Programming Languages.

The most similar professions to software engineer are:
  • Front End Engineer
  • Software Developer
  • Java Developer
  • Full Stack Engineer

The most common qualifications to become a software engineer is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.