What is the actual difference between Computer Programmers and Software Engineers? Is this description accurate?

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Published on 2011-06-28T03:12:29Z Indexed on 2011/06/28 8:30 UTC
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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the difference:

Computer programmers write programs. After computer software engineers and systems analysts design software programs, the programmer converts that design into a logical series of instructions that the computer can follow

They predict employment to increase for software engineers by 34% but to decline for programmers. Is there actually any such real distinction between the 2 jobs? How can one get a job designing programs (to be implemented by others)?

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