In the past, most of my "titles" were dictated by my employeer. I have been everything from "Production Assisitant" to "Content Engineer" to "Display Technologist" and at one point "Director or Creative Technology" (yes, it was as bullsh*t as it sounds) . Currently, I don't have an official title, and I kind of like it that way. (However, we are soon going to print our new business cards, which means I will have to choose one.)
As for putting something on a resume, thats a hard one, and I have been known to change it depending upon the job I am applying for. Then again, my last several jobs I got through contacts and not from submitting resumes, so that is untested and likely bad advice. But then again, what is called a "Testing Engineer" at one place might be called a "Quality Assurance Specialist" at another, even though the actual job responsibilities are the same, but the HR flunky that sifts through resumes may not know that. Sometimes having to go through levels of non-technical staff can be frustrating at best. A friend of mine, who was once a Smalltalk evangalist for IBM (a long time ago) and has been doing OOA/D for several years now, was recently was told in an interview that he needed to learn OOP. As far as the interviewer was concerned, (OOP == (Java || C++)) && (OOP != (OOA || OOD))).
So in answer to your question.
what do you call yourselves (professionally) and more importantly, why?
Nothing, and because I got sick of stupid titles like "Creative Technology Engineer". But if I had
too, I would call myself a Senior Developer, since I mostly do software development, and I am the most senior of all the developers in our shop. I might, if appropriate, throw "Perl" or "LAMP" or "Web" in there too, but thats getting into specifics.
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