Software engineers are responsible for researching, designing, implementing, and supporting software solutions. Learn more about a software engineer's responsibilities in this introductory guide.
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There are various different types of software engineering roles and titles, but a software engineer’s responsibilities remain relatively static across various designations.
A software engineer’s job scope is often determined by a project, product, or engineering manager.
At the highest level, a software engineer is responsible for researching, designing, implementing, and supporting software solutions to various problems. How they actually execute on those responsibilities is heavily influenced by a myriad of outside factors, such as how far along a product is in development, how large their team is, and the programmatic infrastructures that the software engineer is proficient in.
A software engineer’s duties and responsibilities fall into four main categories. These loosely come together into a process called the “Waterfall Model”—one of the first, original approaches used to complete software engineering projects throughout the course of a software development lifecycle. Since then, other methodologies such as the Agile framework have gained popularity.
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