What's it like to be a Software Development Engineer?
A Software Development Engineer in Test, also known as SDET, has the hybrid role of creating both software and the framework for testing it. They are involved in the entire Software Development Life Cycle and need strong multitasking and time management skills to fulfill their comprehensive responsibilities. Attention to detail and self-awareness are useful skills for SDET’s to assess and enhance the codes they create to improve end-to-end user experience. They work in the IT, gaming, finance, advertising, entertainment, and hospitality industries.
Tasks and duties
- Producing code to make automated testing programs.
- Monitoring automated testing on existing programs.
- Implementing experiments and analyzing results.
- Alerting the development team of bugs and issues.
- Evaluating one’s own code to improve user experience.
- Troubleshooting and optimizing automated test issues.
- Consulting with clients to incorporate product needs.
- Reporting and presenting findings to the tech team and management.
How to become a Software Development Engineer
The role of Software Development Engineer requires at least a bachelor degree and years of experience in automation. Proficiency in programming languages, troubleshooting, and API testing is essential.
Graduate with a bachelor degree in information technology, computer science, software engineering, data science, or another related field.
Complete an internship in the IT department of a recognized company, tech startup, or IT consultancy.
Gain experience by joining coding events, working on the tech team of your school organization, volunteering, or attending online courses and boot camps.
Obtain certifications in SCRUM, API Testing, Agile, and DevOps.
Seek an entry-level job as a Developer or Tester. Consider taking jobs in both positions for a comprehensive understanding of the Software Development Engineer in Test role.
Consider postgraduate education, such as a Master of Science in Computer Engineering.