AddedThursday, July 28, 2016 at 10:00 AM

I was wondering if software engineering is a regulated and professional course

Hi, I was thinking of being a software engineer. I'm in my last year of secondary school. I love math, computer science, physics and I take other science subjects like chemistry and biology. I took technical drawing before but dropped it soon after as I really disliked it. I also went to a two-week summer camp once about designing mobile apps. I was wondering if software engineering is a regulated and professional course and what are my chances of getting a job as a female? Also is it better to do computer, electrical or software engineering? What courses do I need to become a software engineer? Thank you for taking the time to look at my question.
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  • Kristen Sanderson , GE Energy Management
    Answered Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 10:00 AM

    I am very excited to hear that you are interested in becoming a software engineer.  A love for math and science is a definite plus when entering this field as a lot of your work will involve logical problem solving.  Software engineering is not a regulated course though there are many different certifications you can get depending on your specialty.  For example, there are cyber security certifications, Microsoft certifications, and many others.  Deciding what degree to get depends a lot on your interests.  An electrical engineering degree is usually more hardware oriented though there are electrical engineering disciplines that also have software elements (such as Power System engineers that focus on electricity and the power grid), Computer Engineering focus on the combination of hardware and software, and Software Engineering focuses on how to build software.  These are general statements.  You would really need to look at the curriculums at each university and also what electives and specialties they have.  This is a great time to be a woman in software.  It is widely recognized that there are not enough women in this field, and there is proven research that a diverse team provides better solutions.  In fact, since every company will have software in some way in the next 10 years, it’s a great field for everyone.”