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Software Engineering

  • OVERVIEW
  • ADVANTAGES
  • REQUIREMENTS
  • CAREERS

Overview

You’ve got a head for numbers. Good news: the demand for strong, analytic thinkers like you is growing by the minute. And the Software Engineering program at Embry-Riddle is the way to deepen and enhance your math, analysis, and problem solving skills to stand out in a competitive field. You’ll be challenged to create, test, and evaluate software application and systems while gaining a clear understanding of network integrity. Plus, you’ll be ready to keep your systems safe, thanks to learning the technical aspects of cyber security. Want more good news? The National Association of Colleges and Employers reports that computer engineering and computer science graduates are among the top paying majors out there. So if you’re interested in fishing in a large pool of lucrative jobs, Software Engineering is a very good bet.

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Advantages

  • The projected need for software engineers through 2018 and especially for those trained in cyber security is excellent. For 2011 graduates the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) reports that Computer Engineering and Computer Science graduates are among the top paying majors.
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that computer software engineers are expected to be among the fastest-growing and highest-paying careers through 2020.
  • Of the 21 accredited ABET software engineering programs in the US only five are west of the Mississippi River. None of the programs advertise a degree program with a cyber security track within the software engineering program.

Requirements

View requirements for the B.S in Software Engineering degree on the Catalog site.

Careers

A recent CNN news report stated the U.S. needs an estimated 20,000–30,000 more professionals with advanced offensive and defensive cyber security skills. Aerospace and private companies are under increasingly more sophisticated cyber attacks. ACSS reports 600-700 attacks per day, Lockheed Martin on May 28, 2011 says it thwarted 'tenacious' cyber attack, attackers learned how to copy security keys from data stolen from RSA. The list of incidents continues to grow on a daily basis. 

In May, 2009, President Obama stated that, "America's economic prosperity in the 21st century will depend on cybersecurity." Just a few short years later on June 6, 2011, an NPR news report stated that we are presently in a state of cyber war.