Something that I am increasingly uncomfortable with is our industry’s obsession with job titles. I understand that the landscape has gotten a lot more complex than when I started out in 2009, but I do think the sheer volume and variation in titles isn’t overly helpful in communicating what people actually do.
I’ve always battled with this sort of stuff in various roles I’ve had, where on paper, I’ve been a “Senior Developer” or a “Senior Engineer”, but I’ve referred myself as a “Developer” instead—mainly out of embarrassment. I still to this day cringe at email signatures that I’ve been forced to have over the years.
Maybe an old job title like “Web Designer” can start to make a comeback, too. Everything that’s old is new again, after all.