A software engineer is a licensed professional engineer who is schooled and skilled in the application of engineering discipline to the creation of software.
A software engineer is often confused with a programmer, but the two are vastly different disciplines. While a programmer creates the codes that make a program run, a software engineer creates the designs the programmer implements.
By U.S. law no person may use the title "engineer" (of any type) unless the person holds a professional engineering license from a state licensing board and are in good standing. A software engineer is also held accountable to a specific code of ethics.
(Thanks to Jerry G. Nordby, P.E., Technical Director for Defense Programs, for providing this updated definition)
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