Software engineers work in a particular branch of computing that develops and builds digital products, database programs, computer software, and application software.
Many people assume that software engineers spend a day programming, and that is partly true. Most software engineers learn multiple programming languages. But they also manage projects, develop prototypes, test software in development, and even design user experiences!
It is typical for software engineers to work in computer systems design and related industries, such as publishing, management consulting, advertising, healthcare and government. Most large companies and organizations employ software engineers to design and maintain their websites, databases, web services, software offerings, and mobile applications.
It may sound like a software engineer is the same as a programmer. In fact, there are some technical differences between software engineers and programmers. You can think of software engineers as architects who use engineering principles to create software. Software developers also create software, but they may not have the same technical background as software engineers.
Computer engineering is also a term that can be used to describe a person who has a background in electrical engineering.
Having said that, most people use the terms "software engineer" and "software developer" alternately in the United States ... although they are not exactly the same thing.
No matter which term you use, it is important to recognize that software engineering is a fast, rigorous and intellectually demanding career. The best software engineers are those who are very resilient, tireless problem solvers and efficient communicators.