IT Will Steal Your Job (Title)
Uncategorized / February 16, 2016

Lately I have been thinking about some of the interesting terminology that IT professionals have in their job titles.  I have been wondering if professionals in other non-IT career fields get pissed off at those of us in IT for stealing their job titles.  While I haven’t ever been confronted about this myself, about a year ago my brother-in-law was joking with me that he couldn’t compete in Engineering Deathmatch, despite being an engineer. And that’s what really got me thinking about it.  According to the National Society of Professional Engineers there is a certification process that one must go through in order to call themselves an engineer that involves licensing boards, certifications tests and more.  By contrast, in my first “Systems Engineer” role, I had a degree…in marketing.  I have to imagine that there are some professional engineers (how I will distinguish non-IT engineers) out there that may get pissed off when they hear and IT person say that they too are an engineer. I don’t want to just pick on the term engineer, IT has many instances of, let’s say, borrowing titles from other professions.  For instance: architects, developers, designers, Cisco even has an associate level certification, which I…