Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2010

Abstract

Every industry strives to be called a "profession", and software engineering is no exception. This paper attempts to define "profession" from three different perspectives and provides a chronological narration of the professionalization efforts of major IT bodies such as the IEEE Computer Society, Association of Computing Machinery and British Computer Society to promote software engineering from "occupation" to "profession". The outcome of this professionalization process is then examined against the three vastly different definitions of "profession" to qualitatively gauge the success of the professionalization process.

Keywords

Software engineering profession, software professional, professionalism, professionalization of the software industry, licensing of software engineers

Discipline

Computer Sciences | Software Engineering

Publication

International Journal of Information Technology

Volume

16

Issue

1

First Page

61-75

Publisher

Singapore Computer Society

City or Country

Singapore

Embargo Period

6-29-2011

Copyright Owner and License

Singapore Computer Society

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