Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.



  • @dave247 said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    I'm actually dealing with this right now. I was asked by my boss to come up with a better job title for myself since I am basically a system administrator, network administrator, server administrator, IT manager, among other things.

    I think job titles are a good thing simply as a starting point descriptor of what a person's job role is. It shouldn't determine pay as much as all the line items that are listed in your actual job description.

    That said, I've landed on IT Administrator since it seems to encompass everything and sounds better than "IT Generalist".

    Are you actually a manager? as in you have direct reports that you manage?



  • @dave247 said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    That said, I've landed on IT Administrator since it seems to encompass everything and sounds better than "IT Generalist".

    That's pretty good. It's generic but gets the point across. Generalist is linguistically better because, for example, you likely do some engineering somewhere, not exclusively administration (engineers build, administrators operate.) But it's so general that people get it.



  • @Dashrender said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    @dave247 said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    I'm actually dealing with this right now. I was asked by my boss to come up with a better job title for myself since I am basically a system administrator, network administrator, server administrator, IT manager, among other things.

    I think job titles are a good thing simply as a starting point descriptor of what a person's job role is. It shouldn't determine pay as much as all the line items that are listed in your actual job description.

    That said, I've landed on IT Administrator since it seems to encompass everything and sounds better than "IT Generalist".

    Are you actually a manager? as in you have direct reports that you manage?

    What kind of reports are you referring to? I manage various things in IT, like some reports, vendors, some credit card statements & things..



  • @dave247 said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    @Dashrender said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    @dave247 said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    I'm actually dealing with this right now. I was asked by my boss to come up with a better job title for myself since I am basically a system administrator, network administrator, server administrator, IT manager, among other things.

    I think job titles are a good thing simply as a starting point descriptor of what a person's job role is. It shouldn't determine pay as much as all the line items that are listed in your actual job description.

    That said, I've landed on IT Administrator since it seems to encompass everything and sounds better than "IT Generalist".

    Are you actually a manager? as in you have direct reports that you manage?

    What kind of reports are you referring to? I manage various things in IT, like some reports, vendors, some credit card statements & things..

    Direct report = employee that reports directly to you that you can hire and fire.



  • @scottalanmiller said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    @dave247 said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    That said, I've landed on IT Administrator since it seems to encompass everything and sounds better than "IT Generalist".

    That's pretty good. It's generic but gets the point across. Generalist is linguistically better because, for example, you likely do some engineering somewhere, not exclusively administration (engineers build, administrators operate.) But it's so general that people get it.

    Or maybe I should go with "Lord of IT" instead.



  • @dave247 said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    @scottalanmiller said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    @dave247 said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    That said, I've landed on IT Administrator since it seems to encompass everything and sounds better than "IT Generalist".

    That's pretty good. It's generic but gets the point across. Generalist is linguistically better because, for example, you likely do some engineering somewhere, not exclusively administration (engineers build, administrators operate.) But it's so general that people get it.

    Or maybe I should go with "Lord of IT" instead.

    As silly as those kinds of titles are, they are almost better than ones that people see as being more official 🙂



  • @scottalanmiller said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    @dave247 said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    @Dashrender said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    @dave247 said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    I'm actually dealing with this right now. I was asked by my boss to come up with a better job title for myself since I am basically a system administrator, network administrator, server administrator, IT manager, among other things.

    I think job titles are a good thing simply as a starting point descriptor of what a person's job role is. It shouldn't determine pay as much as all the line items that are listed in your actual job description.

    That said, I've landed on IT Administrator since it seems to encompass everything and sounds better than "IT Generalist".

    Are you actually a manager? as in you have direct reports that you manage?

    What kind of reports are you referring to? I manage various things in IT, like some reports, vendors, some credit card statements & things..

    Direct report = employee that reports directly to you that you can hire and fire.

    oh no, I can not fire anyone. However, I have indirectly caused people to get fired, but that's another story..



  • @dave247 said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    @scottalanmiller said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    @dave247 said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    @Dashrender said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    @dave247 said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    I'm actually dealing with this right now. I was asked by my boss to come up with a better job title for myself since I am basically a system administrator, network administrator, server administrator, IT manager, among other things.

    I think job titles are a good thing simply as a starting point descriptor of what a person's job role is. It shouldn't determine pay as much as all the line items that are listed in your actual job description.

    That said, I've landed on IT Administrator since it seems to encompass everything and sounds better than "IT Generalist".

    Are you actually a manager? as in you have direct reports that you manage?

    What kind of reports are you referring to? I manage various things in IT, like some reports, vendors, some credit card statements & things..

    Direct report = employee that reports directly to you that you can hire and fire.

    oh no, I can not fire anyone. However, I have indirectly caused people to get fired, but that's another story..

    OK - then like me, you're not an IT manager, because neither of us manages people for IT. At least that's my POV.

    I choose IT Admin as my title as well - also didn't like the sound of IT Generalist - most people say - WTF is a generalist?



  • @Dashrender said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    @dave247 said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    @scottalanmiller said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    @dave247 said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    @Dashrender said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    @dave247 said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    I'm actually dealing with this right now. I was asked by my boss to come up with a better job title for myself since I am basically a system administrator, network administrator, server administrator, IT manager, among other things.

    I think job titles are a good thing simply as a starting point descriptor of what a person's job role is. It shouldn't determine pay as much as all the line items that are listed in your actual job description.

    That said, I've landed on IT Administrator since it seems to encompass everything and sounds better than "IT Generalist".

    Are you actually a manager? as in you have direct reports that you manage?

    What kind of reports are you referring to? I manage various things in IT, like some reports, vendors, some credit card statements & things..

    Direct report = employee that reports directly to you that you can hire and fire.

    oh no, I can not fire anyone. However, I have indirectly caused people to get fired, but that's another story..

    OK - then like me, you're not an IT manager, because neither of us manages people for IT. At least that's my POV.

    I choose IT Admin as my title as well - also didn't like the sound of IT Generalist - most people say - WTF is a generalist?

    IT Admineer



  • @Obsolesce said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    @Dashrender said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    @dave247 said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    @scottalanmiller said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    @dave247 said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    @Dashrender said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    @dave247 said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    I'm actually dealing with this right now. I was asked by my boss to come up with a better job title for myself since I am basically a system administrator, network administrator, server administrator, IT manager, among other things.

    I think job titles are a good thing simply as a starting point descriptor of what a person's job role is. It shouldn't determine pay as much as all the line items that are listed in your actual job description.

    That said, I've landed on IT Administrator since it seems to encompass everything and sounds better than "IT Generalist".

    Are you actually a manager? as in you have direct reports that you manage?

    What kind of reports are you referring to? I manage various things in IT, like some reports, vendors, some credit card statements & things..

    Direct report = employee that reports directly to you that you can hire and fire.

    oh no, I can not fire anyone. However, I have indirectly caused people to get fired, but that's another story..

    OK - then like me, you're not an IT manager, because neither of us manages people for IT. At least that's my POV.

    I choose IT Admin as my title as well - also didn't like the sound of IT Generalist - most people say - WTF is a generalist?

    IT Admineer

    Not to be confused with the groupies that we get... IT Admirer



  • @Dashrender said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    @dave247 said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    @scottalanmiller said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    @dave247 said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    @Dashrender said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    @dave247 said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    I'm actually dealing with this right now. I was asked by my boss to come up with a better job title for myself since I am basically a system administrator, network administrator, server administrator, IT manager, among other things.

    I think job titles are a good thing simply as a starting point descriptor of what a person's job role is. It shouldn't determine pay as much as all the line items that are listed in your actual job description.

    That said, I've landed on IT Administrator since it seems to encompass everything and sounds better than "IT Generalist".

    Are you actually a manager? as in you have direct reports that you manage?

    What kind of reports are you referring to? I manage various things in IT, like some reports, vendors, some credit card statements & things..

    Direct report = employee that reports directly to you that you can hire and fire.

    oh no, I can not fire anyone. However, I have indirectly caused people to get fired, but that's another story..

    OK - then like me, you're not an IT manager, because neither of us manages people for IT. At least that's my POV.

    I choose IT Admin as my title as well - also didn't like the sound of IT Generalist - most people say - WTF is a generalist?

    A Generalist means you cover all the bases. What the heck is an Admin?



  • @scottalanmiller said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    @Dashrender said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    @dave247 said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    @scottalanmiller said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    @dave247 said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    @Dashrender said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    @dave247 said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    I'm actually dealing with this right now. I was asked by my boss to come up with a better job title for myself since I am basically a system administrator, network administrator, server administrator, IT manager, among other things.

    I think job titles are a good thing simply as a starting point descriptor of what a person's job role is. It shouldn't determine pay as much as all the line items that are listed in your actual job description.

    That said, I've landed on IT Administrator since it seems to encompass everything and sounds better than "IT Generalist".

    Are you actually a manager? as in you have direct reports that you manage?

    What kind of reports are you referring to? I manage various things in IT, like some reports, vendors, some credit card statements & things..

    Direct report = employee that reports directly to you that you can hire and fire.

    oh no, I can not fire anyone. However, I have indirectly caused people to get fired, but that's another story..

    OK - then like me, you're not an IT manager, because neither of us manages people for IT. At least that's my POV.

    I choose IT Admin as my title as well - also didn't like the sound of IT Generalist - most people say - WTF is a generalist?

    A Generalist means you cover all the bases. What the heck is an Admin?

    An admin isn't forced to use the plunger.



  • @Obsolesce said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    IT Admineer

    LMAO that is good..



  • @DustinB3403 said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    @scottalanmiller said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    @Dashrender said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    @dave247 said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    @scottalanmiller said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    @dave247 said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    @Dashrender said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    @dave247 said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    I'm actually dealing with this right now. I was asked by my boss to come up with a better job title for myself since I am basically a system administrator, network administrator, server administrator, IT manager, among other things.

    I think job titles are a good thing simply as a starting point descriptor of what a person's job role is. It shouldn't determine pay as much as all the line items that are listed in your actual job description.

    That said, I've landed on IT Administrator since it seems to encompass everything and sounds better than "IT Generalist".

    Are you actually a manager? as in you have direct reports that you manage?

    What kind of reports are you referring to? I manage various things in IT, like some reports, vendors, some credit card statements & things..

    Direct report = employee that reports directly to you that you can hire and fire.

    oh no, I can not fire anyone. However, I have indirectly caused people to get fired, but that's another story..

    OK - then like me, you're not an IT manager, because neither of us manages people for IT. At least that's my POV.

    I choose IT Admin as my title as well - also didn't like the sound of IT Generalist - most people say - WTF is a generalist?

    A Generalist means you cover all the bases. What the heck is an Admin?

    An admin isn't forced to use the plunger.

    Or catch bugs.



  • @DustinB3403 said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    @scottalanmiller said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    @Dashrender said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    @dave247 said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    @scottalanmiller said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    @dave247 said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    @Dashrender said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    @dave247 said in Why Job Titles Matter, and Don't.:

    I'm actually dealing with this right now. I was asked by my boss to come up with a better job title for myself since I am basically a system administrator, network administrator, server administrator, IT manager, among other things.

    I think job titles are a good thing simply as a starting point descriptor of what a person's job role is. It shouldn't determine pay as much as all the line items that are listed in your actual job description.

    That said, I've landed on IT Administrator since it seems to encompass everything and sounds better than "IT Generalist".

    Are you actually a manager? as in you have direct reports that you manage?

    What kind of reports are you referring to? I manage various things in IT, like some reports, vendors, some credit card statements & things..

    Direct report = employee that reports directly to you that you can hire and fire.

    oh no, I can not fire anyone. However, I have indirectly caused people to get fired, but that's another story..

    OK - then like me, you're not an IT manager, because neither of us manages people for IT. At least that's my POV.

    I choose IT Admin as my title as well - also didn't like the sound of IT Generalist - most people say - WTF is a generalist?

    A Generalist means you cover all the bases. What the heck is an Admin?

    An admin isn't forced to use the plunger.

    Sadly - this isn't true.


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