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What is the difference between these 2 jobs?

Hi im thinking about being a software developer but I keep on seeing software engineer. What are the cons and pros of a software engineer vs a software developer? Also thank you for all the help you guys have given me especially Randy Tolentino.

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Peter’s Answer

Some companies may have different titles for "Software Engineer" vs. "Software Developer," but it is not consistent. Mostly, "Software Developer" is an umbrella term for anyone who creates software. "Software Engineer" is often a specific job title (with variations like "Junior Software Engineer" or "Software Engineer II"), but that's going to depend on the company.

Besides job titles, most people with a college degree in Computer Science or Software Engineering will usually refer to themselves as "Software Engineers."
Thank you comment icon Thanks for the help. Ryan W.
Thank you comment icon Peter, great answer. Some engineers that I've worked with have told me that 'one should have graduated with a CS degree, in order to be called an engineer'. But you're right, different organizations use the titles differently as well. I've been in the industry for 8 years + and still have a bit of difficulty distinguishing between the title. Thanks again! Randy Tolentino
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Michael’s Answer

Generally speaking a software engineer works on design, maintenance, and testing. A developer does the actual coding work and builds the software. Not to say that these lines don't ever become crossed in real-world scenarios. Hope this helps... Good luck!
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Jordan’s Answer

Software Engineer and Software Developer are usually used interchangeably and do not have much difference. The best way to know what kind of work you will be doing is to look at the job description.
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Michelle’s Answer

Computer Engineering is manufacturing of large scale integrated circuits, designs, etc. (big picture thinking) whereas Computer Software Development is the development of custom software (applications that drive the systems or detailed application). In today's world, the engineering and development is often intermixed. There are no cons to either one! Software engineering is more disciplined with the theory behind principles. In development, those parameters may not be entirely applicable.
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Dhanabal’s Answer

It is basically companies have different title for software engineer..

Mostly application development/ business application development companies provide software developer as title ( like financial companies , health care and insurance companies)

R&D and Technology companies provide title as software engineer title.( like google , Amazon , Fb , etc)


Mostly engineers are expected to invent / create / optimize the solution

Where as developers need to develop the application with well defined process by engineering team / architect team
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DEEKSHITH’s Answer

Some companies may have different titles for "Software Engineer" vs. "Software Developer," but it is not consistent. Mostly, "Software Developer" is an umbrella term for anyone who creates software. "Software Engineer" is often a specific job title (with variations like "Junior Software Engineer" or "Software Engineer II"), but that's going to depend on the company.
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ALEJANDRA’s Answer

There is a great "rule of thumb" when it comes to differentiating these two professions. It goes something like this: a software engineer can be a software developer but a developer cannot be a software engineer. For what is this? Well, a software developer is someone who works with a program, while a software engineer is a person who works with the creation of that same program. Makes sense?

Basically, the software engineers develop and maintain the platform where the software developers then create the program itself. It is true that these two professions are closely linked but you are still very different in certain aspects
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ETIENNE’s Answer

In the bigger picture, both are the same you will be doing or can do the same thing but it depends on companies. And most people including me prefer software engineer title as there is that engineering terminology included.
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