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Difference between software engineer and a programmer?

I'd like to know the difference between a computer software engineer and a programmer. Also, which is a better career *in the field of software engineering* for businesses and companies - application software or systems software? If they are the same thing..should I pick software engineer? I'm doing my college application and I'm wondering which to choose. I want the career of whichever creates/programs . The way I see it, one programs apps and software, and the other just makes them better and whatnot.

Asked By: Kin E - 10/20/2007
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Look at it this way: "Software" is categorized as 'property' in business industry. In same manner, building software is like building a building. having a programmer build a software, is like hiring general contractor builder to build your house rather than architect & engineer. He(builder) could do it. Normally smart... More
Answered By: Soraya H - 10/20/2007
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Same thing. Programmers call themselves Software Engineers to get extra credibility because "engineering" is a highly respected profession.
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Answered By: John - 10/20/2007
 
They can be interchangeable. But realize that some people write code (program) and some people then take that code and manipulate it into other things (integrate). Any big piece of software is made up of a lot of little pieces. One person may program one piece, but then other people may that that piece and add it to... More
Answered By: kako - 10/20/2007
 
I've often wondered the same question since it does appear to be so interchangable of terms (I think it may be interchangable to many of the the companies listing the jobs as well, so I wouldn't focus only on one or another)... That said, for entry level jobs in each it looks like the site salary.com does describe the... More
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Answered By: LoveofResearch - 10/20/2007
 
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