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software engineer Skills for 2020

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What does a software engineer do?

Software Engineers use engineering principles and technical programming to build software, manage databases, and run networks.

They are critical to information technology businesses and may either handle a range of responsibilities (full stack engineer) or work within a specialized discipline such as front-end, back-end, data science, or gaming, among many others.


software engineer Skills Summary

Successful Software Engineers are knowledgeable across a breadth of hard skills comprised of programming languages and specific technologies in addition to soft skills related to innovation, collaboration, and attention to detail.

The best Software Engineers have skills like engineering, design, computer science, programming, java, back end, developer tools, distributed computing, and Kafka on their LinkedIn profiles and resumes. Full report below.

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Hard Skills

Hard skills are typically learned through education or work experience, such as proficiency with specific tools, software or specialized processes.

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Top software engineer Skills Overall

The most common hard skills found across software engineer job descriptions.

engineering
100
design
94
computer science
91
technical
76
Java
75
programming
70
Product
68
software engineering
61
python
60
software development
60
High Impact

Hard to Find software engineer Skills

Hard skills frequently found in the job descriptions that are less likely to appear in software engineer LinkedIn profiles or resumes.

optimizing code
100
technical mentor
99
objective-c
95
strategic direction
92
distributed computing
85
industry experience
72
distributed systems
70
information retrieval
70
architectures
61
agile development
59
Low Impact

Easy to Find software engineer Skills

Hard skills that are most likely to appear in both the job descriptions and LinkedIn profiles or resumes.

github
100
mysql
90
apache
82
mongodb
78
C
74
postgresql
72
technical skills
69
web application
64
JIRA
61
oracle
60

Soft Skills

Soft skills are harder-to-measure interpersonal "people" skills important for leadership or collaborative environments.

innovative passion vision collaborative hands on high quality

About this report

Jobscan helps job seekers tailor their resumes and LinkedIn profiles for each job opportunity through personalized skill and keyword matching, among other checks.

Our data science team analyzed over 100,000 unique Jobscan user resumes in addition to 8 million job postings from last year to identify the most common keywords and highest impact skills for Software Engineers.

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