Are software engineers super smart? 6 reasons everyone thinks so

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The media leads us to believe that all software engineers are smart, with the geeky stereotype dominating people’s perception of a programmer. But is this reflected in reality and are software engineers intelligent? Software engineers are smart, the average software developer sits in the top 25% on the IQ scale. Software engineers are also excellent … Read more

Is software engineering a profession? 6 reasons it doesn’t make the cut

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Software engineering does not have worldwide recognition as being a profession but is a fully licensed discipline in Texas, Australia, and large parts of Canada. Since 1993 there have been numerous groups trying to lobby for software engineering to be recognized as a profession but so far their efforts have not been realized.  Despite having … Read more

Is software engineering a trade?

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Software engineering is not considered a trade but has many hallmarks of a trade. It requires an advanced skill set that is predominantly learned in one or two years and then improved upon while on the job. However, there is no accreditation or governing body which is one reason why it isn’t seen as something … Read more

Why do software engineers wear glasses?

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Software engineers wear glasses because they look at computer screens all day from a relatively short distance which causes short-sightedness. 164 million adults wear glasses in the United States so it makes sense that software engineers, who look at screens all day, are among those who need them. Not all programmers use some sort of … Read more

Why don’t software engineers unionize?

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Unions have been around since the 1800s and affected plenty of the country’s major industries, so as tech has expanded why don’t software engineers unionize?  Software engineers don’t unionize because they are satisfied with their working conditions and compensation, and are happy to work in unfavorable conditions in the hope of getting stock in a … Read more

Why do software engineers change jobs? Job hopping in tech

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Software engineers change jobs for multiple reasons but generally stay at one company for significantly less than the national average. There is a shortage of software engineers which gives them the advantage when trying to switch roles.  The reason software engineers change jobs is that they are looking for more money, seeking better opportunities, and … Read more