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Software Engineers; How much do you travel for your job?

I am researching this career for one of my classes, and I was wondering if you travel for it.

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Dustin’s Answer

My current remote role doesn't require any travel.

Although it is common for software development companies that use Agile/SCRUM practices to come together for PI planning which typically occurs every quarter of the year.


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Scott’s Answer

If its a developer position, travel can be seen as a cost/lost time. Fortunately, travel is, many times, relative only to the project(s) you are working on. In other words, travel is sufficient to getting the job done, but no more.

Now depending upon the employer and your position/assignments, travel may not be required much. Standard commercial companies might only involve some occasional traveling.

Be aware that sales support (software) engineer positions also exist. These type of positions can be lucrative, but will typically involve more travel.
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Juwan’s Answer

Although you do are not needed nor required to travel at all, depending on company/team, you may be able to travel as you wish. Let me explain through some examples:

# Occasional traveling
- You can attend various of conferences as a attendee or a speaker as your company or team's representative.
- One of your company's remote branch needs some help (e.g. learning) from your team. Your team may need someone from your team to volunteer to travel there.

# Regular traveling
- Your team is an infrastructure team (e.g. team that tries to improve developer experiences of other engineers in your company), and your company has offices here and there. Your team may try to schedule an office hour on monthly basis in those multiple offices.

In conclusion, the answer is: it varies. If you want to travel a lot (or even work entirely remotely and work from wherever you want), you can find an employer that is willing for you to do that. If you want to travel occasionally, yes you will be able to do that. If you don't want to travel at all, yes you can declare not to do at all.
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Victoria’s Answer

As a software engineer my company does not require us to travel at all!
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Davina’s Answer

If you are working for a large international company you may be required to travel once or twice a year for meetings with other engineers. However as others have mentioned there are many software engineer positions that do not require travel. A sales position or consulting engineering are the most common software engineering positions requiring travel, where a software engineer would be required to travel to visit a customer.
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