How to Become A Software Engineer At Unisa

By Klenam JU •  Updated: 01/23/24 •  6 min read

Following the revolution of technology in the last decade, it has become a delicate matter of getting experts to look at the aspect of technology. Considering there are so many branches or categories in technology, certain professions fall within all angles.

As such, there has been a huge demand placed on institutions and individuals in learning to take control over tech. Hence, there is a need to build up in a progression like Software engineering. 

One of the demanded professions in our modern world now is Software engineering. The reason behind this demand is a growing reliance on technology in almost every aspect of our lives. Software engineers are extremely important in the process of creating, improving, and maintaining software systems and applications. They are responsible for tasks such as designing, developing, testing, and ensuring the smooth functioning of various software, ranging from smartphones and websites to autonomous vehicles and healthcare systems.

In this blog post, we will guide you on becoming a software engineer through UNISA, the qualification and study period at UNISA.

How to become a software engineer at Unisa

There are so many people who aspire to become software engineers but do not know how. They do not understand what it takes to become an engineer, the courses you have to do, the leadership role, other projects and many more.

Considering UNISA as the best university in Africa and also one of the best in the world, we give you guidelines on how to become a software engineer through UNISA.

What qualifications do you need to be a software engineer?

Becoming a software engineer begins with the qualification an individual must have.  Qualifications for software engineering differ according to the institution and the certification to have.  All these things, however, relation to the path one may take. 

There are instances where someone may not be in school or has not attended school before but will pick a programming course online,  learn and get better at it.

But in the case of getting to become an engineer at the University of South Africa, you must first prepare to take the right course related to the software engineering career.

The qualification sounds more like your eligibility to secure the chance to study engineering in South Africa.

To begin your studies for engineer matric exams, you must have a good admission point score.

Also, pursuing a bachelor’s degree course in a computer-related field or taking a higher certification course in computer program courses.

You must undertake a project or a job experience of not less than two years.  This increases your

chances of learning and practising your dream job as a software engineer. 

The qualification varies, and even at UNISA, there are people who may want to take short

courses taking your full-time. 

How many years does software engineering take?

Becoming a software engineer is a process that requires a certain amount of time. In the world of software engineering, it’s quite common for most jobs to require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. This means that aspiring software engineers typically need to dedicate four years of their lives to full-time study in order to obtain this degree.

How much are software engineers paid in SA?

Knowing the salaries for your job career can help you know what it takes to employ you. It is certain that some people may know their worth, but a fair idea of the salary bracket in the job field can help you negotiate well should you get an offer.

In big cities such as Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Pretoria, software engineers tend to receive higher salaries compared to other parts of South Africa. It is important to remember that salaries can vary greatly depending on whether you’re an entry-level, mid-level, or senior software engineer. 

In South Africa, when it comes to entry-level software engineers, the starting salary can vary from ZAR 200,000 to ZAR 400,000 per year. If you have a few years of experience, you are capable of earning an annual salary ranging from ZAR 400,000 to ZAR 800,000 as a mid-level software engineer. Senior software engineers with many years of experience and specialised knowledge can earn quite a handsome salary. Their annual earnings can range anywhere from ZAR 800,000 to ZAR 1.5 million or even higher.

Your salary can also be influenced by the job or company you find yourself in.

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