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How hard is it to enter a software engineering job?

I am wondering how competitive it is to get a job as a software engineer i n America, as I have heard how competitive it is, but don't know the scale of it.

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Roberto’s Answer

Hello Daniel,

Actually is not very competitive at all. The demand is huge. There is so much demand that America imports software engineers from all over the world. Software engineering is a great career choice and a profession that will continue to experience an exponential growth in demand for the foreseeable future. Moreover there is opportunity for individual growth all the way from entry level to executive leadership, if you find that is your call later.

As we depend more and more on computers and robots, the only way to go for the demand for software engineers is UP. For the foreseeable future computers and robots will need instructions from humans and ultimately those instructions need to be entered as an efficient code of one kind of another. This is a field of constant learning, what was cutting age a few years ago, may be already obsolete. More and more in our life depends on the software behind everything... enter the Software Engineer.

Good Luck !!!
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Kodi’s Answer

There is always a big demand for more software engineers (SWE). It is "easier" to get in to the industry if you study Computer Science in college. I started my career in education as an elementary school teacher for about 10yrs. I recently became a software engineer by going to a coding bootcamp. It took me about 7 months after my coding bootcamp and literally over 1000 applications and lots of studying. But with a years time of hard work I finally got my foot in the door (the hardest part) and very much enjoying my new career.

Even in tough times where we are seeing mass layoffs in the tech industry (I was one of the people who suffered from a layoff) I was till able to find another SWE job fairly quickly due to my experience and network. So it can be more competitive depending on the route you take. But not super hard to get into.
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Kay’s Answer

You can also be broad in how you approach - Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Technology, User Experience Design and Product Management programs are also an option if you want to be in the Tech space. There's a range of options that are based on your skills from the business requirements, visual front end experience, to software, to hardware. I'd suggest looking at all of them to see what you'd enjoy the most. There's a huge demand and if you lean towards the arts, math, or science - there are roles in Tech for all!
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Rakesh’s Answer

I believe, getting a job as a Software Engineer shouldn't be difficult. However, there are many things that you need to be consciously aware of.
1. Technologies keep changing, so make sure you constantly upgrade your software competencies and skillsets lest you get outdated and losing the job you were offered.
2. Get into a job, and learn the intricacies and the business side of the software development. Once you get comfortable, force yourself out of there to evolving tech.
3. Do not consider you are going to be employed once you got your job as a software engineer. Keep your options open and always see how you can get successfully out of that job so that you have your life too.
4. Software jobs exist with an invisible timeline. To keep yourself above this timelines, never count totally on the software job. Always keep some money and time to consistently upgrade your skills.
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Sophia’s Answer

While the job market always ebbs and flows, in today's gig economy there are platforms like upwork.com where you can post your skills and try to be matched with someone looking for your skills to get some quick experience.
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