IT Job Title

Posted on 2014-08-21
Last Modified: 2014-08-22
I know it's dumb, but I have to pick a job title for myself:

I work at a small college.  I'm the Network Engineer.  I'm the Data Center Engineer.  I'm the Virtualization Engineer.  Like most of the people on my team, we have to wear more than one hat.  But what should my job title be?

On the network side, I manage all the layer-3 switches, VPN tunnels, physical layers, routers, firewall rules, the works.  The Data Center is small (only two racks), but it follows all the same rules with HVAC, emergency power, switching, security, etc.  And for the virtual SDDC, I've got VM servers, VDI, the whole kit-and-caboodle of Nutanix/VMware/UniDesk.

I don't think there's any one phrase to describe the multi-role function of my job.  Can I call myself an "Senior IT Engineer" and have it make sense to other people?
Question by:prescott_college
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    by:Haresh Nikumbh
    Datacenter tech lead, this is what my designation is my company..

    I do manage all, Vmware, OS , Storage, UCS and all day to day datacenter activity
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    by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
    Senior IT Engineer - that's a boring title!

    Call yourself a Virtualisation Specialist, Datacenter Manager, Head of Virtual Services, Cloud Specialist, Cloud Architect, Infrastructure Specialist, Hybrid infrastructure specialist, Data architect, Chief digital officer

    Does it really matter, what you are called, it's your Job Description that should matter, and your Pay Scale!
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    by:Rob Hutchinson
    Check the employment websites, find the wording of the career that pays the highest salary, and use that name =)
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    by:Sean Jackson
    I'd go with "IT Strongman"
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    Isn't the general overarching term for "the guy who keeps all the computer stuff running", basically...

    Systems Administrator ?

    Not sure where you're from but where I'm from the local governing body for Professional Engineers in my province doesn't take too kindly to people calling themselves an "Engineer" without also possessing the relevant University education, minimum work experience, and licensing. People who are fresh out of their for-profit college with a 3-month computer science diploma calling themselves a "Software Engineer", for example, waters down the title.

    So for that reason I try and stay away from the "Engineer" word.

    "Officer", to me, suggests that you make overarching decisions and deal with strategy more than implementation. If you've got people underneath you who you manage then it's appropriate.

    IMHO "Specialist" or "Administrator" are probably most appropriate. And then you can put whatever fancy subject you like in-front of that.
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    You are system administrator.
    Big organisations have virtue of calling you junior, senior, CIO, desktop technician and whatever.
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    by:Rob Hutchinson
    Honestly, I could care less about whose feathers I ruffled because I called myself an engineer...only thing that matters is that your boss pays you more money if you use that title...unless the real engineers( electrical, mechanical, etc) are signing my paycheck, I don't care what they think.
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    In some places Architect and Engineer are guild or licensed professions (like doctors) so dont claim either...

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    Great input from all.  The importance of a job title is to accurately describe one's role within an organization.  It's important for job searches, and being found by those looking to hire.  I've looked at a long list of job titles to see how well defined and known they are.  I've settled on "IT Manager".
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    by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
    Do you Manage any staff or have any responsibility for them ?

    Because the word manager often refers to Management of people and not IT tin!

    Are you team members, going to change their Job Titles as well?

    Do you Manage Them? e.g. do they report to you, do you agree their holidays, and conduct their Appraisals ?

    If you are after a new job, LinkedIn/Agencies/Head Hunters, look for keywords, not the job title!

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