Software engineer degrees offer a wide range of skills that can be applied to a variety of tasks, from designing software to building apps.
But while the software engineering degree may be a relatively high-paying, entry-level job, it can also have significant benefits, such as making software developers more productive.
Here’s a look at some of the pros and cons of software engineering vs. an associate’s degree.
Pros Software engineers are usually much more productive than those with an associate degree, says Jason Gandy, who teaches software engineering at Washington University in St. Louis.
In a recent survey of software engineers, he found that they were much more likely to finish their software engineering degrees and were more likely than those without a degree to move into management roles.
They are also less likely to make large career changes as they gain experience.
Gandy also found that software engineers with a bachelor’s degree are much more than twice as likely to move to management.
In addition, software engineers have more flexible hours than those who have a master’s degree, so they may be able to work from home or from home from home.
Cons Some software engineers will only work for their own projects, says Alex Lefkowitz, founder of the engineering consulting firm Lefkov, Lefman & Co. and a former software engineer.
That’s especially true if you’re a software engineer with more than one job.
He says you need to be a good leader and take charge of your own project, and you need good communication skills.
“You’re going to need to have a lot of communication skills, and that’s not a guarantee that you’re going and going to work on your own,” he says.
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