How To Become A Software Developer/Engineer

Where to start

Completing a two to four year degree in computer science has, until recently, been the typical pathway to starting a career as a software developer. Math and science degrees in fields such as information technology, electronics, civil engineering and TAFE courses have also made it possible for people to switch across to software development careers.

Whenever you visit a website or use a computer-enabled application, you are engaging with the finished product of a software engineer.

Software engineers are science practitioners who use their knowledge of engineering principles and programming languages to design software. This includes web-based software, phone applications, computer games, and automated network management systems.

As society increasingly relies on smart devices and automation, the high demand for software developers will remain, with the job outlook projected to grow by 21 per cent over the next nine years.

Types of Software Engineers

The field of software engineering is broad, with developers having skills sets for functions that may cover the development of computer information systems right through to maintaining information security or designing customer-oriented web pages.

There are two principal types of software engineers: software developers for applications and software developers for systems.

Application Software Developers


Design software for the end-user to interact with Client-focused
Develop applications for iOS, Android, Windows, Linux, and more Conduct requirements analysis
Tweak software and release updates regularly Project Management

Work Environment

Usually, a workweek for a software developer is at least 40 hours, in most sectors and roles. While there is also a sector for freelancing in this field, many software developers are expected to work on-site as a part of the organisation given their contributions are required on a routine basis.

That being said, software developers will usually have high wages and benefits in return for their services — especially where they are on call for emergency situations outside of typical working hours. Adding to this is the need for software developers to remain continually up to date with the latest industry trends, software programming/engineering technological advances and software platforms.

Often this requires additional education and a regular volume of ongoing research on various topics, typically this just being considered a part of the job even though some employers may not make time for it in within the working week.

On a day to day bases, a Software Developer will find themselves working with a range of people and stakeholders. This could include:

Graphic designers Project managers
Marketers Customer success staff

Systems Software Developers


Responsible for both the hardware and software needs Build operating systems and networks for user-facing applications
Integrate disparate software products onto one platform Often serve as general IT managers or systems architects
Design and enforce IT standards Maintain IT documentation and update to new technology

Depending on your particular employer and sector, and on the obligations of your specific role, that the position of a software developer can involve everything from maintaining in-house software and computer systems to focusing on project management tasks. For many situations it will be a mixture of these, calling for the implementation of new customer / in house software, the provision of technical support, and use of project management skills.

Developers use a variety of programming languages, dependent on the software being built, typically C, C++, Ruby, Python, and Java, along with many others included the now less standard Fortran and COBOL. Some developers build bundled software systems or tailored applications for different clients.

Popular Skills for Software Engineer

Software Engineering Jobs and Salaries

Thanks to the steady growth of the industry as well as their technical expertise, skilled software developers on both the applications and systems sides are well reimbursed for the value they produce. The median annual salary for application developers and system developers is between $77,553 and $111,000 according to Payscale. https://www.payscale.com/research/AU/Job=Software_Engineer/Salary

Of course applications and system engineers aren’t the only two roles available in the world of software development. Other specific functions include application architects, quality assurance analysts and database administrators.

Click the following link to review current jobs in this field: https://www.seek.com.au/software-developer-jobs

How to Become a Software Developer

At Australis College, we offer the Diploma of Software Development as the pathway to help get your foot in the door.

ICT50718 Diploma of Software Development

Coding is the new literacy. Gain creative, transferable skills in software development by completing the ICT50718 Diploma of Software Development, specialising in Android Mobile Apps. 

This course will teach you how to develop apps for Google Android using leading industry development platforms and tools. Once you complete the course we also provide you with free access to an iOS course developed by Apple themselves.

You’ll study core units in programming and project management and will learn how to stay up-to-date with trends in mobile app development. What’s more, you’ll be trained by active industry professionals and be given the option to design an app that you can commercialise before course completion.

So, if you want to join a rapidly growing industry, with skills that can transfer to smart washing machines and cars, sensors and much more, then this is the qualification for you. Don’t succumb to a boring career – grow your options with software development.

University Articulation

Australis College has partnered with Charles Darwin University to create an articulation agreement for the ICT50718 Diploma of Software Development (Mobile Applications Android). Completing this Diploma with Australis will provide you with credit into the Bachelor of Computer Science (WCOMS1). You will gain up to 60 credit points which is 25% of the full 3-year Degree. Completion of this Diploma may also provide credit into the Bachelor of Computer Science/Master of Technology (HCSIT1) (60cp of the full course’s 400 cp).

You can confirm your eligibility by using the CDU credit calculator.

Australis College has partnered with Griffith University to create an articulation agreement for the ICT50718 Diploma of Software Development (Mobile Applications Android). Completion of this Diploma with Australis will provide you with up to 80 credit points towards the Bachelor of Information Technology.

Entry is subject to Griffith University Standards.

Myskills website has more information about this qualification if you wish to learn more.


Financial Assistance

Australis College has a range of payment options which may include:

Option 1: UpfrontOption 2: Payment Plans
Option 3: Queensland State Subsidy Option 4: Study Loans (private lender) 

How to do I Enrol?

Our enrolment process is easy! You can enrol any time and start studying shortly after enrolment.

For enrolment options or more information about the course, please CLICK HERE


With the proper qualifications, a software engineer can work in almost any industry with any type of organisation. While IT firms lead the pack in hiring software developers, government agencies, nonprofit organisations, transit and logistics companies, healthcare facilities and almost every other business need software.

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