All of the above are involved with the process of implementing the use of software, in its various forms, throughout may industries. However, although they sound very similar, the roles of a software developer and consultant can be very different.
A software developer will usually be employed in a software company and will specialise in designing and programming the code for a particular project. Often, a software developer will be writing code for several different items of software at once and will be directed between projects by their employer. A career as a software developer is best suited to someone with good skills in problem solving and mathematics, who enjoys working alone rather than part of a team.
Software specialist on the other hand will usually be working freelance or will be subcontracted by a third-party consultancy firm. Occasionally, a consultant will work an employee of a larger software company however this is more unusual. Typically, the client will task a consultant with providing a solution for a particular technical problem, or to provide advice on how to use or implement a piece of software. Sometimes, a software developer will be a programmer however this is not essential. The key part of a role as a software consultant in the uk is to have broad enough knowledge of the software industry to be able to problem solve and provide direction. Many businesses do not have software specialists within their team, and providing a software consultant is an important part of optimising their businesses processes with the best software. For this reason, a career as a software consultant is best suited to people who enjoy interacting with others as it involves a significant amount of networking and working one on one with clients. Unlike a software developer, a consultant will usually only be working on one project at a time.