in reply to What do you call yourself?

My official job title is "Senior Technical Consultant II". It's mentioned on my business cards (which I've never handed out yet). If non-IT people ask me what I do, I say "I work with computers". If more technical people, or people from the company, but outside my group, ask what I do, I reply "I work with Linux".

I never say I'm a Perl programmer or a Perl developer. That's like a surgeon saying "I handle knives".


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Re^2: What do you call yourself?
by duff (Parson) on Jun 04, 2004 at 14:19 UTC

    This is almost exactly the same responses I give. I also don't even mention that I'm a programmer (in any language) unless pressed because I've found that people's reactions usually shift in a bad way ("Oh, you're a programmer? Do you know MumbleFoo? It's my favorite language!" and occasionally a condescending "Oh, you're a programmer" and sometimes "Great! Can you help me with my VB app?")

      I don't say I'm a programmer because, well, I'm not a programmer.

      I solve problems and develop and/or implement things. This sometimes requires programming, but that doesn't make me a programmer.