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I am very confuse what I have to choose for my Ms degree(change my field or no) ?because many times I have heard that software engineering field is a cruel field!I have done my bachelor degree and have experience of simple web development using phpMysql.

My goal is to become the best and master in what I may choose and having my own business or company.
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Daniela’s Answer

Hi,


What Jobs Can I Apply For With a Master's Degree in Software Engineering?


A Master of Science in Software Engineering degree will qualify you for a variety of positions beyond the entry level. You will be eligible to pursue technically complex and highly skilled positions within business, industry and government. Many software engineers find work in the computer systems design and services field. You may also work for software publishers, financial institutions, insurance providers and manufacturers of computers and computer equipment. With experience, you can become self-employed and work as a consultant on a contractual basis.


What Will I Do in This Career?


Depending on your degree specialty and career interests, you can find work designing and developing different types of software, such as business applications, operating systems or computer games. You may start out testing designs and gradually work up to designing and developing software.


Software engineers are often hired as computer applications software engineers to develop computer applications based on users' needs. You might also work as a computer systems software engineer to oversee an organization's computer systems and needs, such as inventory, maintenance and repair. Your skills may qualify you for computer programming positions, as well as research and development positions within universities and private laboratories.


What Career Advancement Opportunities Will I Have?


Software engineers generally advance with experience, eventually taking on higher-level positions with more responsibility. If you have business skills, you could become an information technology manager, project manager or chief information officer, for example. Independent consultants often increase their earnings potential by moving into specialized fields, such as security or cognitive modeling.


Software engineers must continually increase and update their skill set to stay current with fast-changing technology. You may consider completing some type of continuing education on a periodic basis. Many employers, software vendors, training institutions, universities and professional organizations offer different professional development options, such as workshops, seminars and certifications.


What Is the Job Outlook Like?


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment for software engineers was projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations from 2012 through 2022 (www.bls.gov). More sophisticated technology would drive demand for highly skilled software engineers. The increased use of websites and mobile technology would also contribute to this job growth.


Businesses would continue to employ software engineers to design and implement customized software to meet their specific needs. The BLS also stated that software engineers would enjoy excellent job prospects, as job openings would exceed the number of qualified candidates during this time period. Individuals with master's degrees should have good job opportunities, as many employers prefer individuals with advanced degrees for more complex work.


How Much Can I Expect to Earn?


Software engineers can enjoy potentially lucrative careers. O*Net Online stated that the 2014 median annual wages of computer applications software engineers was $95,510, and the median annual wages of computer systems software engineers was $102,880 in May 2014.


PayScale.com reported that software engineers with master's degrees had median annual salaries of $87,721 in 2015. In comparison, software engineers with a bachelor's degree earned a median annual salary of $69,533 during the same period. Software engineers often receive profit sharing, health benefits and bonuses in addition to their base salaries.


In: http://learn.org/articles/Masters_in_Software_Engineering_Your_Salary_and_Career_Questions_Answered.html


I hope this information can help you in your decision. Good luck and success!!!

Thank you comment icon Hi Daniela Silva, thanks so much from your nice advice. sahar
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Wael’s Answer

Sahar, honestly I am kind of confused with your question, but I will try to help you the best I can. My brother is a Computer Science graduate. My Mechanical engineering degree is a walk in a park comparing to his. Getting into a graduate program with such specialty need a foundation. When my brother applied to graduate school, a couple of programs wrote back instructing him to take some foundation course in his first semester. The transition will not be easy and neither the journey.

Thank you comment icon Hi, tnx so much, Actually I wanted to take admission for doing further study I mean doing my Ms/mphile, so I am confuse to continue my software engineering (web development ) or change my field to MBA or any other field?! Changing field is a good idea or no? Sahar
Thank you comment icon Ok, you mentioned owning a business. Having an MBA would be a great help with that, I believe. Have you thought about working for someone while doing your are pursuing the MBA?That would give you the experience, capital, and time to create your business model. On the other hand, you talked about being the best. The MS in computer engineering would be a step towards that, I believe. Wael Al-Rihawi
Thank you comment icon Tnx, so you prefer doing my Ms also in software engineering?! Sahar
Thank you comment icon It isn't my decision to make. I am just trying to show you how either step would work towards your future. You have to decide which work best in your situation. Wael Al-Rihawi
Thank you comment icon Yes tnx, I have almost decided to continue in same field, but by suggestions and advices want to make sure. Sahar
Thank you comment icon I am happy that you are talking to people about it because it helps. I am also happy to discuss it further; however, I would be needing more information to build my arguments upon. I hope you the best with your quest for knowledge. Wael Al-Rihawi
Thank you comment icon Once again tnx so much, best of luck. Sahar
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Atul’s Answer

Your are misinformed or have misunderstanding about the software industry - Atl east not in the US.
I spent 40 years in the software industry.
If you are competent and good at what you do - there will never be any issues.
I am not sure about the country where you live in.
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