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What Is the average day of someone in the computer engineering, or scientist, space?

As I continue to decided what I want to do with my future career, I think of how the average work day is for each career. What are the average work hours? The average pay? The average amount of projects being worked on? etc. #computer-science #career #computer #technology #computer-engineering

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Stephen’s Answer

Hi Javier,

Great question and good time to be considering all these things. It can depend based on the company you work for, but you can anticipate most of your day will be comprised of meetings and time spent working on your project(s). If you go into software engineering and the company you work for uses an Agile software development methodology, you would have a morning standup (meeting) to discuss the work the team wants to accomplish that day. This provides clear direction on a daily basis on what needs to get accomplished and you would be part of a small working team. During the day you probably would have other meetings you might need to attend as well. In regards to working hours, that depends on the company, but you should expect 8-10 hour working days.

Good luck!
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Hanish’s Answer

Software Engineers must identify the core functionality that users need from software programs. software engineers must also determine user requirements that are unrelated to the functions of the software, such as the level of security and performance needs. They design the program and then give instructions to programmers, who write computer code and test it. If the program does not work as expected or if testers find it too difficult to use, software engineers go back to the design process to fix the problems or improve the program. After the program is released to the customer, a software engineer may perform upgrades and maintenance.
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Lisa’s Answer

Good for you to be investigating these careers. Your questions is very broad it is difficult to give specific answers. For example, in engineering alone, there are Mechanical Engineers, Environmental Engineers, Material Science Engineers, Software Engineers, Chemical Engineers, Electrical Engineers, and aerospace engineers,

In Science, there is Life Science, Chemistry, Physics -
Below is a the US Government website address for their Occupational Outlook Handbook. You can look up definitions of all job functions. It also will tell you how many need advanced degrees, MS or PhD.

https://www.bls.gov/ooh/

Feel free to ask more questions once you've done some research.

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Frank’s Answer

I'm a bit removed from the coding path these days, but it depends on what you do and what industry you work in. My time was generally spent between V&V, requirements elicitation/documentation, engineering and meetings. Today it isn't that much different, except that I no longer do dev work. I spend my time doing analysis, testing things, DOE, Six Sigma and so forth.


It really depends on what you ultimately go into. In a very real way, you are asking us what is the average day in the life of a man. You need to focus it down a bit. Salary information can be found on GlassDoor.com.

Thank you comment icon "what is the average day in the life of a man" OMG You neglected to mention the other 50 % of the world's population!!! Lisa Mark, MA
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