I see people use both in their job titles. Which one is correct?

  • Depends, which one does your company list as your actual job title? – David K May 26 '16 at 12:34
  • I would say Software Engineer is who you are, and Software Engineering is what you do. I would use Software Engineer for a job title. Because you're asking the question I would assume it's ok to use Engineer in your title, but in some places you wouldn't be able to. In Canada, for example, an Engineer is a designation that requires specific study, training, and testing. You would instead just use Software Developer, Software Architect, etc. – Marc May 26 '16 at 12:35
  • @Marc I think the question here is only whether one should use "engineer" or "engineering" when it is combined with "Intern". In places that restrict the "engineer" title, I doubt you could get around that restriction by using "engineering" instead. – Brandin May 26 '16 at 12:36
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    @DavidK - The job title given by the company is in french and I couldn't find an english equivalent : It's is "Ingénieur études et developpement" which translates to "Studies and development engineer". I found that Software / Data engineer reflects more the work I am doing, and as Bradin stated the ambiguity in the question is about combining it with Intern since I am in an internship. – user49879 May 26 '16 at 12:52
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    See also this thread for a similar question but about translating degree titles: Having a degree in a non-english country, should I translate it to english in the cv? – Brandin May 26 '16 at 13:00

Both. Nobody cares.

So long as you're not massively misrepresenting what you did, the only point at which anyone is ever going to care about exactly what your job title was is if they are attempting to verify your work history, and even then they're not going to care about "engineer" vs "engineering". If you're still worrying about this, use whatever is listed on your contract.


I don't know if there's a 'correct' as it could simply come down to preference, but I would choose the one that highlighted the engineer job title over the intern job title.

Do you want to be a software engineer who interned somewhere or a intern who did software engineering?