Software Engineer vs. Digital Analyst…which hire is right for your job?

Software Engineer vs. Digital Analyst…which hire is right for your job?

You know you need something with computers…perhaps a phone app? Help getting your company’s cloud server set-up or organized? You might be reading a lot of job titles starting with “software” and “digital”, but how do you know what you need? Two of the common skill sets available for hire on Digitaljob include Software Engineers and Digital Analysts.

We thought we’d break down the differences and let you fill in the blanks of what your business needs. Understand the skill set, apply it to the need within your business. Voola! Successful hire.

For starters, Digital Analysts are typically less expensive. Why? Because they most frequently hold degrees in Computer Science or Business (with a focus in CS) versus a degree in Engineering. This is a positive for many businesses needing general digital business analysis, without the price tag of a true software engineer. Many digital analysts hold the ability to code for computers or phone apps, but this may not be their specialty. Digital analysts can be best used for digital organization within your business, cloud server set-up or organization, or basic coding. A high-end Data Analyst will hold the ability to do advanced statistical models and/or machine-learning principles. Because they are not primarily programmers, they often hold more advanced business skills, which in the right business need, can be a major benefit for your organization.


General Skills of Digital Analysts (also sometimes referred to as Data Scientists) include:

Domain Knowledge, Quantitative analysis, Programming knowledge, Scientific and Business knowledge, Data Mining, Machine learning language, Big Data processing, Probability and Statistics.

PRO TIP: Prioritize these skills and ask whether candidates possess these specific skills when you complete the interview process with Digitaljob candidates.

Software Engineers hold a higher price tag but with the higher price, comes greater knowledge and skill set. If you are in need of programming and coding for either computers or phone applications, website back-end coding, or phone app creation from scratch, invest in a software engineer. Software Engineers are just that: engineers. They typically hold degrees in Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, or something similar.  


General Skills of Software Engineers include:

Analyzing and Understanding and User requirements, Core programming languages (like C, C++, Java, etc), Data modeling skills, Testing a software, Configuration tools (Chef, Puppet, etc), Build and release management skills, Project Management skills.

PRO TIP: Prioritize these skills and ask whether candidates possess these specific skills when you complete the interview process with Digitaljob candidates.


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