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Software Engineers Remain Top US Job 140

Posted by Soulskill
from the back-to-back-champs dept.
D H NG writes "In a study by Careercast.com, software engineers retain their position as having the top jobs in 2012. The #1 and #2 positions remain the same from last year. One surprise entry was human resources manager in the #3 position. The worst job was lumberjack, beating out last year's roustabout."
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Software Engineers Remain Top US Job

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  • by TheLink (130905) on Saturday April 14, 2012 @12:43PM (#39686521) Journal
    Your job title might say "Software Engineer" but are you really one as defined by the survey?

    From the first page of the article it says a Software Engineer "Researches, designs, develops and maintains software systems along with hardware development for medical, scientific, and industrial purposes."

    If you're a Computer Systems Analyst
    it's #9 on the list, Web Developer you're #15, if you're a Computer Programmer it's #34. So which category do you really fall in?
  • by dkf (304284) <donal.k.fellows@manchester.ac.uk> on Saturday April 14, 2012 @01:14PM (#39686817) Homepage

    I've seen so many clucterf***s in software development that I called BS, but here's their definition of Software Engineer -

    Researches, designs, develops and maintains software systems along with hardware development for medical, scientific, and industrial purposes.

    Guess that's different. It's quite narrow. Maybe the rating is actually accurate for that niche. But the rest of the industry? Not a chance.

    That's what a real SE does. The rest? Well, they're either called Programmers or Code Monkeys, and they tend to be people who don't care about what it really takes to produce programs for the long term and that solve real people's problems. The SE might have some CM underlings, or might not: depends on the organization where he/she is working and the nature of the project. (Remember, "industrial purposes" can have quite a wide interpretation.)

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