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Re: What do you call yourself?

by Abigail-II (Bishop)
on Jun 04, 2004 at 13:40 UTC ( #360860=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


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".

Abigail

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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.

      Abigail

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