5 Alternative Career Options For Software Engineers

5 Alternative Career Options For Software Engineers


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Are you a software engineer considering alternative career options?

This article will explore different roles available in tech.

Let's start.

1. Solutions Engineer

A solutions engineer is someone who creates and designs solutions for clients.

A solution engineer is often known as a "sales engineer" because they provide and sell software solutions to clients.

Indeed defines the role as a:

[...]Salesperson who uses extensive technical knowledge to sell software solutions to clients. Solutions engineers work alongside other sales team members to present products to clients and answer any technical questions they may have. They also maintain a professional relationship with clients to learn the challenges they're facing and implement updates according to those needs.

According to Coursera, the average US salary for a Solutions Engineer is between $95482 and $123284.

Related: 5 High-Paying Tech Careers That Are Not Software Engineering

2. Salesforce Developer

First of all: what is Salesforce?

Many major companies use Salesforce as a customer relationship management (CRM) solution to manage and leverage customer data.

Salesforce is a cloud-based software company that provides businesses with tools that help them find more prospects, close more deals, and provide a higher level of service to their customers. [What is Salesforce? The Ultimate Guide [2024 Edition].

A Salesforce Developer, in short, is simply someone who works on this specific technology.

This doesn't mean they work for Salesforce (the company itself). Salesforce is a technology adopted by many companies. Someone can be a Salesforce Developer for a company outside of Salesforce.

According to Indeed, the average US salary for a Salesforce Developer is $113,263 per year.

3. Quality Assurance Engineer

A Quality Assurance Engineer ensures that the software product meets specific standards before being released to the public.

What is quality assurance?

Software quality assurance (SQA) is a process that assures that all software engineering processes, methods, activities, and work items are monitored and comply with the defined standards [Software Testing Help]

According to Talent.com, the average US salary for a Quality Assurance Engineer is $107,250.

4. Data Engineer

A Data Engineer prepares data that the data scientists will use.

The role of a data engineer is to prepare the infrastructure like algorithms that data scientists and data analysts to analyze in order to enable the business to make the best decisions based on their findings.[Le Wagon]

According to Indeed, the average US salary for a Data Engineer is $126,923.

TechRepublic has put Data Engineering as one of the fastest growing tech roles in 2022.

5. Business Analyst

A Business Analyst is responsible for assessing a company's performance and improving business processes and performance.

They conduct research and analysis in order to come up with solutions to business problems and help to introduce these solutions to businesses and their clients. [TargetJobs]

According to Indeed, the average US salary for a Business Analyst is $84,214.

Related:Jobs In Tech That Don't Require Coding


In this article, you've learned about five alternative career options for software engineers.

Working in tech doesn't necessarily mean working as a software engineer. Plenty of highly paid roles are suitable for different personalities, skill sets, etc.

Are you considering a change as a software engineer? Let me know in the comments.

Until next time!



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