Traveling around the US and UK I’ve been asked plenty of times what I do, and to be frank I was unsure what the correct title would be. I’m happy to call myself a programmer as few knows what a ‘developer’ is, but I noticed that in the US that would mean I’m just a mere code monkey. Software developer is a developer that is more involved in the whole process around the application (which I am as a consultant), and ‘engineer’ indicates that you have formal education.
Funny enough engineer is not a protected title in Sweden and is being used to fancy up job titles to make people want to go for degrees that are otherwise not so popular, so while I do use software engineer in US, I use developer in Sweden.
At conferences I just say I’m a dev
I always also explain what I actually do, just a brief walk through to kick of the conversation, most people have no idea what to say once you drop a mysterious title like that
What do you call yourself, and does it differ from country to country? Or situation?