Still you may be right, I don't hear recruiters asking for computer science (for software engineering) or computer engineering majors (for networks) to have a ABET degrees.
I agree - I have never once heard of a software company caring about ABET accreditation. In fact, many of the best computer science programs, such as the BA CS program at Berkeley and the 'pure' CS program at MIT (as opposed to the hybrid EECS engineering degree) are not accredited. It hardly seems to have hurt them, indeed the pure MIT CS students actually earn higher
starting salaries than do the EECS students, although in fairness, that may be due to the fact that some EECS students take relatively lower-paying hardware engineering positions.
Furthermore, software engineering is one of those fields where you don't even need a technical degree at all. One of the most successful software engineers that I know actually majored in English
in high school, yet has had a stellar career as a developer and now a project manager, and even went to MIT for grad school. Heck, some of the best software engineers never even graduated from high school
. Janus Friis, cofounder and technical architect of Skype, is a high school dropout.