IT Job Descriptions
Posted Friday, Sep 28, 2012 by
In information technology (IT), what’s the difference between a manager and an administrator? Between an architect and a designer? Between a designer and a developer?
It often feels like the IT field has more job titles than Baskin-Robbins has flavors. Describing each title can seem as difficult as defining each of the Eskimos’ dozen-plus words for “snow.” But while experts will agree to disagree, there is some consensus as to the meaning of the IT titles found in most American organizations.
Here, in alphabetical order, are job descriptions for the most common IT specialties:
* Administrator: This is someone who installs, maintains and repairs a type of computer technology, such as a network or a database.
* Analyst: An analyst studies and judges the performance of a system and often recommends improvements.
* Architect: Architects draw up plans for complete technology systems, integrating hardware, software, websites, etc.
* Designer: The designer’s role is usually more limited than the architect’s. It usually focuses on creating or upgrading a single piece of technology, such as an application or website.
* Developer: This is usually the person who physically writes the code that runs an application or website. The term “developer” is often interchangeable with “programmer.”
* Engineer: Engineers build (or rebuild) technology systems such as software, networks, etc.
* Manager: As in most other types of hierarchies, managers plan and coordinate the activities of the people they supervise. They set goals and schedules. They may also have the authority to buy new equipment and hire and fire personnel.
* Programmer: Again, usually interchangeable with “developer.” This is the person who writes the actual computer code.
* Support: This is the “help desk” position you call when something goes wrong. Tech support specialists must often diagnose and fix problems from distant locations.
* Technician: Although this individual can also be part of a support team, technicians are usually hands-on people who directly install or repair computer hardware as well as load software.
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