Are the meanings of job titles specific to each orgaization, or is it possible to generalize?
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Completely depends upon where you work. One company's software engineer is another's software developer is another's computer programmer.
In my experience, only in the military do "job titles" hold much useful descriptive meaning, and that's primarily because there's a specific military occupational specialty (MOS) associated with that title ("specialty code" for officers, at least in the Army, anyway, but probably something similar in the other services). Most civilian job titles have been largely meaningless in terms of what they tell you about what the person actually does and the scope of their responsibilities.
the smarter the firm or group the duller and more generic the title.
I think my boss made up my title when he hired me @ my last job. Otherwise I'm a "project manager" no matter what I do.
my work, your titles are (in ascending order):
I tend to think that the shorter the title, the more power you have.
I believe the company I work for got their job titles/grades etc from the BCS:
Ah the BCS, now there's a 'professional' body that's in tune with its industry.
Job titles on business cards are meaningless. Much more significant would be if we started to write the annual salary on business cards.
Ignore my ignorance
I personally can't *stand* the BCS.
I want a playoff system instead
Here's the BCS matrix:
My recent empoyer had 4 job titles (from lowest to highest):
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