Software engineers are considered architects of complex software systems. In the software development team, they perform tasks as problem solvers and optimizers. Only those who have completed a technical degree can call themselves software engineers.

Already in the 1960s, the term software engineering developed. Background of this word creation from the English language area was the desire of differentiation between the classical work process of programming on the one hand and the conceptual design of entire software processes on the other hand.

Traditional engineering disciplines stood godfather. The high-set goal applied to the optimization of quality and productivity with the software production.

A software engineer does indeed belong to the circle of software developers. Nevertheless, not every software development employee is authorized to use the title “software engineer” in Germany.

According to German law, this job title may only be used by those who have successfully completed a course of study in a technical or scientific field (Engineering Law, IngG). The academic background thus clearly distinguishes the software engineer from the not sharply defined group of software developers.

The software engineer and his tools

The ability to think analytically and abstractly form a good basis for the profession of software engineer. These qualities enable the group of highly qualified and specialized IT professionals to orient themselves in the complex field of knowledge of the fast-moving information technology. An in-depth understanding and knowledge of the most popular software on the market …

  • Operating Systems
  • Programming languages
  • Databases
  • Cloud technologies
  • Development procedures
  • Web developments

… form the basis for this demanding IT profession.

Progress creator with management and engineering profile

The occupational group “software engineer” can justifiably be called an engineering discipline. Core competencies lie in the analysis, specification and development of complex software systems. Due to this ambitious focus, the IT industry describes the software engineer with the accurate predicate of a progress shaper. This job description clarifies the clear distinction from the IT profession of programmers.

The design of new products and forward-looking software systems requires strong engineering and management skills. In job interviews, the applicant scores highly as a STEM graduate with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in scientific disciplines such as mathematics, computer science, natural sciences, technology (STEM). An upscale income rewards the high demands.

Product development for industry and administration

In the course of the vehemently advancing automation and digitalization in industry and administration, the demand for complex software systems is increasing. Solutions for streamlining and optimizing research, development, production, marketing, sales, controlling and personnel management are in great demand.

The design and dimensioning of corresponding software products places high demands on system and workflow coordination. In this place, the qualities of a well-trained and practically experienced software engineer in the role of a leader are indispensable.

Conceptual planning, control, monitoring of the development processes require tight project management. Motivating coordination with the development team on the one hand and the superiors as well as the clients on the other hand complete the mosaic of job requirements. Added to this is the responsibility for responsible time and budget management.

As a conclusion, it can be summarized: In the phalanx of IT software professions, the software engineer takes on the role of architect, problem solver, and shaper of progress. A high degree of abstraction in combination with a MINT degree in the Bachelor or Master as well as professional practical experience qualifies him for this task. The prospering market for complex software products opens up a wide range of occupational fields for the experienced and qualified software engineer.

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