Software Programmer job roles, responsibilities, descriptions, duties and salary

Software Programmer job roles, responsibilities, descriptions, duties and salary

Date of posting: 23 Sep 21

What Does a Software Programmer Do?

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Job designation: - Software Programmer

Software developers can spend a lot of time programming and creating software for desktop computers. They can design different programs for tasks such as hardware-related items like the chipset, and mobile devices.

Duties and responsibilities of a Software Programmer

Software programmer are being asked to do more than just develop software. They need to keep up with the ever-changing rules of the industry as well as updates on new technology so they can remain relevant in this growing field.

  • Work with engineering team to design and develop functional specifications

  • Design and develop software applications using industry best practices

  • Write test plans for new functionality

  • Participate in the development of software frameworks

  • Develop reusable code libraries or modules that can be shared across projects or teams

  • Write documentation for new systems or processes

  • Optimize performance of existing systems or processes

  • Identify opportunities to replace aging systems with modern alternatives

  • Manage project timelines with engineering team to stay within budget constraints

  • Estimate effort required for projects based on business case, technical specifications, and estimates from other team members

Places of employment for a Software Programmer

Work schedule of a Software Programmer

A Software Programmer starts work at 9am and finishes at 5pm with one hour for lunch break between 12pm-1pm


Qualifications required to become a Software Programmer

Programmers must have a degree in computer science or engineering. To become a software programmer, one needs to have at least a Master's degree in Computer Science or Engineering. Some companies even insist on having an MTech degree for entry level positions.

Under-graduate courses to become a Software Programmer

  • Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science and Engineering

  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology

Eligibility to pursue the course: -

  • The candidate should have passed 10+2 examination or its equivalent, from a recognized Board and must have obtained a minimum aggregate score in Mathematics and Physics as well as English as compulsory subjects, which is not less than 55%.

Entrance-exams to be taken to pursue the course

  • Joint Entrance Examination (JEE)

  • All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) 

  • National Eligibility Test (NET)

Institutes which are offering these courses 

  • Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

  • Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

  • Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

  • Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur

  • Indian Institute of Technology Madras

  • Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

Post-graduate courses for a Software Programmer

Eligibility to pursue the course: -

  • Graduation in Computer Engineering with 55 or 60 percent pass


Entrance-exams to be taken to pursue the course


  • GATE


Institutes which are offering these courses 

  • Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT)

  • Indian Institute of Technology (IIT),Delhi

  • National Centre for Software Technology (NCST) - Pune

  • Indian School of Business (ISB),Hyderabad

  • National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE),Mumbai

Key/Technical skills

  • The ability to start something new without being asked to do so

  • The ability to communicate well with others

  • The ability to listen well.

Salary expectations

  • Average salary: -Rs. 4 lakhs per annum

  • Entry level salary: - Rs. 3 lakhs per annum

  • Experienced-level salary: - Rs. 10 lakhs per annum

Process of getting the job of a Software Programmer

  • Placement from colleges, universities and other recognised institutions

  • Job searching on LinkedIn or Indeed for Software Programmer posts

  • Checking out any institution’s profile and requirements for a Software Programmer

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