Software Engineers are in High Demand
Software engineering skills are highly sought in the industry, and recent studies suggest that in the following years there will be a ratio of 2 to 1 between demand and supply in the State of Washington alone for graduates with Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Science (BSCS) or in Software Engineering (BSSE). While both degrees share the fundamental courses in computer science and software design, they differ in advanced topics. The BSSE program prepares students for developing and maintaining large and complex software by focusing on advanced courses on software development, software testing and validation, software maintenance, software security, and software management and integration — all specialties of high demand among the state’s computing and IT industries. Thus, in addition to the general software developer and software engineer jobs, BSSE graduates have access to a larger spectrum of software engineering jobs such as requirements engineer, quality assurance (QA) engineer, and project manager. Software engineers typically earn six-figure salaries.
The software engineering program at WSU Everett is a 2.5-year, full-time, daytime bachelor’s degree completion program for transfer students. Courses and laboratories are taught in person by WSU faculty in Everett, via interactive video from WSU Pullman, and online through the University’s nationally ranked Global Campus.