Software engineers design, develop, and maintain software. Although many people often use ‘developer’ and ‘engineer’ interchangeably, there’s an argument to be made that they’re actually quite different. ‘Engineering’ generally denotes the creation of a complex system, from prototyping through production (and testing), whereas ‘development’ or ‘programming’ can describe anything from a major system-build to shaping an individual app component. That being said, many job postings treat the terms as synonymous.
Everybody (and every company) seems to have a mobile app in the works, if they haven’t released one years ago. While there are a lot of tech pros out there with mobile-development aptitude, the rapid growth in smartphone usage assures a continuing need for experienced ones, especially if they have iOS and Google Android skills.
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