24% Projected Job Growth by 2026 — 3.5x the National Average1

From voice-activated speakers to smartphone apps and cloud-based computing, technology is infused into every corner of our lives today. Skilled software engineers and developers are at the heart of this technology, coding the software that users worldwide rely on daily.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 300,000 new jobs for software developers and engineers between 2016 and 2026, an incredible growth rate of 24 percent at software publishers, manufacturers, and finance and insurance companies.1

In 2017 alone, 38 states showed an increase in tech-sector jobs, with California, Texas, Michigan, Florida and New York among the top five job creators.2

The Software Engineering concentration of Lewis University's online M.S. in Computer Science prepares you to join this booming field and make your mark in areas like the Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning, virtual and augmented reality, and more.

"There aren't enough qualified software engineers to fill all of the jobs being created by [the tech] boom. Just ask any recruiter! While the number of college students majoring in [computer science] has been growing, it hasn't been fast enough to keep up with the growth of (and caused by) these software and cloud-based businesses."

– Jon Bischke, CEO of tech recruiting firm Entelo3

Career Spotlights

  • Software Developer: In 2019, U.S. News & World Report ranked this position number one across several categories, including Best Jobs, Best STEM Jobs and Best Technology Jobs. Software Developers made a median annual salary of $101,790 in 2017, with the top 25 percent of earners making $128,960.4
  • Software Engineering Manager: In this position, you'd pair your understanding of computer programming with people management skills to oversee a team of software engineers. This position was ranked No. 2 on LinkedIn's Top 10 list of 2018 jobs, with a median salary of $148,000 and year-over-year growth of 38 percent.5
  • Mobile Developer: Are you reading this on your phone? You have a mobile developer to thank for that. Specialize in web apps or other platforms like Apple's iOS, Windows Phones and Google's Android. Mobile Developer was ranked No. 8 on Glassdoor's annual list of the 50 Best Jobs in America in 2018, with a median base salary of $90,000.6
  • Software Tester: Testing software means using both manual and automated tests to ensure a piece of software meets your company's and users' highest standards. The top 10 percent of earners in this quality assurance position earn an average salary of $87,000.7

What's the difference between a software engineer and software developer?

On employment listings, these terms are often used interchangeably—and there is some overlap in responsibilities—but there are differences between the two in their day-to-day responsibilities.

A software engineer is tasked with bringing together software solutions to their clients' business problems using the guiding principles of engineering to produce a successful outcome. A software developer also works with clients but may do so with a more holistic mindset, from the inception of a piece of software through its deployment, use and iterative development.

So while software engineers may be involved in software development, software developers are not often involved in the software engineering process.

Career Services With Lewis University

As an online student, you have access to Flyers Get Hired, our Handshake-powered career database exclusively for Lewis University students. Search for new jobs and opportunities, connect with our alumni network, receive guidance from a career advisor, and get feedback on your résumé, LinkedIn profile or personal elevator pitch. You'll find all the resources you need to advance your career in computer science.

Plus, our faculty are recognized experts in the field who will ensure you graduate with the real-world knowledge you need to succeed.

Build Your Future in Software

Take charge of your career today and gain an understanding of software engineering. Call (866) 967-7046 to speak with a Graduate Admissions Counselor or request more information.


1U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019 April 12). Software Developers. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved on June 12, 2019, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/software-developers.htm
2Roussey, B. (2018 September 27). U.S. technology employment boom looks unstoppable. Techgenix. Retrieved on June 12, 2019, from http://techgenix.com/technology-employment-boom/
3Silady, A. (2018 September 20). The Rise of the Software Engineer. SmartAsset. Retrieved on June 12, 2019, from https://smartasset.com/retirement/the-rise-of-the-software-engineer
4U.S. News & World Report (2019). Software Developer – Career Rankings, Salary, Reviews and Advice. Retrieved on June 12, 2019, from https://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/software-developer
5Bowley, R. (2018 January 11). LinkedIn Data Reveals the Most Promising Jobs and In-Demand Skills of 2018. LinkedIn Official Blog. Retrieved on June 12, 2019, from https://blog.linkedin.com/2018/january/11/linkedin-data-reveals-the-most-promising-jobs-and-in-demand-skills-2018
6Glassdoor (2018). Best Jobs in America 2018. Retrieved on June 12, 2019, from https://www.glassdoor.com/List/Best-Jobs-in-America-2018-LST_KQ0,25.htm
7Payscale (n.d.). Software Tester Salary. Retrieved on June 12, 2019, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Software_Tester/Salary