Research Software Engineers: Career Entry Points and Training Gaps

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As software has become more essential to research across disciplines, and as the recognition of this fact has grown, the importance of professionalizing the development and maintenance of this software has also increased. The community of software professionals who work on this software have come together under the title Research Software Engineer (RSE) over the last decade. This has led to the formalization of RSE roles and organized RSE groups in universities, national labs, and industry. This, in turn, has created the need to understand how RSEs come into this profession and into these groups, how to further promote this career path to potential members, as well as the need to understand what training gaps need to be filled for RSEs coming from different entry points. We have categorized three main classifications of entry paths into the RSE profession and identified key elements, both advantages and disadvantages, that should be acknowledged and addressed by the broader research community in order to attract and retain a talented and diverse pool of future RSEs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalComputing in Science and Engineering
StateAccepted/In press - 2023


  • Computer science
  • Engineering profession
  • Industries
  • Software
  • Software engineering
  • Special issues and sections
  • Training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)


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