I grew up in Geneva Switzerland and on a visit there last year I was asked what I do and completely drew a blank. I eventually said "programmeur" but that just means "programmer" which could be anything. But as a Software Engineer I build software front to back using a variety of technologies. I googled it but apparently "Ingenieur de logiciel" is not really a thing? I'm so confused there's no straightforward "this is what software engineers are called in france".

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Programmeur is not that much used nowadays.

I would suggest one of:

Développeur (widely used term)

Ingénieur en développement logiciel (a bit formal)

Ingénieur en génie logiciel (to be used in a CV more than a conversation)

Pôle Emploi is reporting more than 80 different names for this occupation and its variants (toggle the Appellations métier + icon).

See also “Ingénieur du logiciel” or “ingénieur en logiciel”?

  • I usually use the term développeur logiciel but I guess the rest of your answers are also used
    – guillau4
    Commented May 25, 2018 at 9:04
  • @guillau4 Yes, developpeur logiciel is also used and even official
    – jlliagre
    Commented May 25, 2018 at 10:22

Here in Quebec we use

ingénieur logiciel

I cannot speak for other francophone countries, but a quick search on different french job search websites gave me a fair amount of Ingénieur logiciel. Actual people from France could confirm.

It is in the same vein as

Computer engineer > ingénieur informatique


IT engineer > ingénieur TI

Same thing with non-IT fields:

civil engineer > ingénieur civil


mechanical engineer > ingénieur mécanique.

  • Thanks, but I read somewhere that ingenieur implies that you actually have a formal degree in engineering.
    – codemon
    Commented May 30, 2018 at 18:22
  • In many places, engineer is a protected title while engineering is a protected act for those who are registered as engineers. Since you called yourself an engineer, I thought this was the case.
    – Jim P.
    Commented May 30, 2018 at 19:44
  • No I call myself a Software Engineer because that's my work title, and yeah we do "engineer" solutions to business problems. But I'm not an Engineer in the formal sense.
    – codemon
    Commented May 31, 2018 at 16:30

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