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Over the past couple of decades, software engineering education has been emerging as an independent and mature discipline in parallel with the field’s increased responsibilities and evolutionary tasks.

Before the mid-1970s, software practitioners called themselves computer programmers or software developers, regardless of their actual jobs.

Today, a software engineer is a person who applies the principles of software engineering to the design, development, maintenance, testing and evaluation of the software that make computers or other devices containing software work.

U.S. News has called software developer positions the No. 1 best job in the United States. Their work touches nearly every corner of our lives.

Possibly the trendiest work today is in the area of artificial intelligence (AI) applications. It’s a buzzword that gets thrown around a lot, but it’s not because artificial intelligence (AI) is being overhyped — it’s because modern technology is finally powerful enough to make AI tools a reality.

Whether it’s through deep learning, machine learning or broader artificially intelligent applications, organizations are depending on AI to fundamentally transform their industries.

From retail to healthcare, the future of software development — and the future of technology as we know it — lies within algorithms, big data and sophisticated AI tools to draw new and fascinating conclusions.

Just last year, 61% of business professional determined AI along with machine learning as their most important data initiatives.

With the rollout of standalone (SA) 5G later in 2020, the development of the Internet of Things (IoT) has also greatly impacted the work of software engineers. From Bluetooth trackers to smart microwaves, internet-connected devices are no longer relegated to computers and cellphones. More devices can take advantage of better wireless bandwidth and power efficiency, bringing to life new and exciting possibilities for software.

By 2024, the number of connected devices is predicted to be in excess of 22 billion. Bottom line: Always-on, always-communicating IoT devices are making it easier for technology to track and monitor the world around us. For IoT software developers, the ability to write code for small energy-efficient internet-connected devices will remain a powerful skill for the foreseeable future.

Want to learn more? Tonex offers Software Engineering Training Crash Course, an intense 4-day course that teaches participants advanced software engineering topics and provides you with the discipline to apply engineering and computer science concepts in the development, maintenance, usability and dependability of the software.

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