Difference between Software Engineer and DevOps Engineer

1. Software Engineer :
Software engineer is an IT person who designs, develops, maintains, tests and evaluates computer software/software product using the principles of software engineering. Software engineers follow Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) processes during the whole development, testing and maintenance phases. There are two types of software engineers mainly.

  • Application Engineer : They mainly develops software applications to meet the user’s/client’s requirement.
  • System Engineer : They mainly ensures the growth of the computer systems in a business.

A software engineer requires knowledge of data structure and algorithms, good in programming skills, debugging large codebases, troubleshooting software issues, strong reasoning and analytical skills etc.

The job roles and responsibilities of a software engineers includes.

  • Implementing technical designs
  • Improving and maintaining exiting code base
  • Reviewing code changes
  • Writing new codes for application
  • Identifying issues with the software and operating procedures of software
  • Coordinating the installation of software for the clients

2. DevOps Engineer :
DevOps engineer is an IT person who is a part of both development and operation means DevOps engineers work on code with developer team, oversee the code releases and also manages the deployment and operation processes. For proper integration and running of software they work with product operation team also.

A DevOps engineer requires knowledge of programming, management, Knowledge of agile and DevOps principle, problem solving skill, organizational skill etc.



The job roles and responsibilities of a DevOps engineers includes.

  • Accessing the technological automation tools
  • Managing the cloud deployment
  • Leading software development team
  • Maintaining compliance and security controls
  • Monitoring operations
  • Working and Improving development process



Difference between Software Engineer and DevOps Engineer :

S.No. SOFTWARE ENGINEER DEVOPS ENGINEER
01. Software engineer is an IT person who designs, develops, maintains, tests and evaluates computer software/software product using the principles of software engineering. DevOps engineer is an IT person who is a part of both development and operation means DevOps engineers work on code with developer team, oversee the code releases and also manages the deployment and operation processes.
02. A software engineer requires knowledge of data structure and algorithms, good in programming skills, debugging large codebases, troubleshooting software issues, strong reasoning and analytical skills etc. A DevOps engineer requires knowledge of programming, management, Knowledge of agile and DevOps principle, problem solving skill, organizational skill etc.
03. Software engineer works separately from the operations side of an organization. DevOps engineer works with the operation side of an organization.
04. The job roles and responsibilities of a software engineers includes Implementing technical designs, Improving and maintaining exiting code base, Reviewing code changes, Writing new codes for application, Identifying issues with the software and operating procedures of software, Coordinating the installation of software for the clients. The job roles and responsibilities of a DevOps engineer includes Accessing the technological automation tools, Managing the cloud deployment, Leading software development team, Maintaining compliance and security controls, Monitoring operations, Working and Improving development process.
05. Software engineers focus on specific aspect of Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC). DevOps engineers have knowledge on entire Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC).
06. Software engineers do not have so much managerial and organizational skills. DevOps engineers have highly managerial and organizational skill.
07. Software engineers do not required any prior work experience before stepping into Software engineer role. DevOps engineers are required to have some prior experience before stepping into DevOps engineer role.
08. Software engineers uses the new technology and tools referred by the DevOps team to make the development process more faster. DevOps engineers fosters efficiency at every stage so the development team adopts new technology so create and update software in short period of time.
09. So main focus of software engineers to develop a good software product to meet the requirement of client. While main focus of DevOps engineers to deployment and smooth operation of the software product.
10. In general Software engineers get less salary than DevOps engineer with same experience. In general DevOps engineer with same experience gets 25-35% more salary with same experience.

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