If you really want to feel confused, do a search looking for a job as a TECHNICAL COURSE DEVELOPER. The wheels come off when it comes to this field. There are more names given to this set of skills, which are for the most part self-evident, than I could ever imagine.
Here are some:
- Instructional Designer
- Instructional Design Analyst
- Course Developer
- Course Designer
- Instructional Technologist
- Instructional Systems Analyst
- Instructional Systems Designer
- Content Developer
- Technical Content Developer
- Technical Writer
- Technical Editor
- Documentation Specialist
- Documentation Analyst
- Instructional Analyst
- Learning Analyst
- Educational Technology Developer
- Training and Development Specialist
- Learning Developer
- Education Analyst
- Technical Education Designer
- Technology Education Designer
- Technology Education Course Developer
This same exercise can be done for nearly every IT specialty. Whether database work, programming, web development, it matters not. Every one of these has a host of names given to the same job and same skill set.
This same exercise can also be done for other sectors. One that I was interested in when I was identifying the problem had to do with a job that I held at a medical college early in my career.
In that job, my title was Manager of Life Safety Services. That same job today has more names that I can list in this article. Some are Safety Engineer, Environmental Health and Safety Engineer, and Environmental Health and Safety Specialist.
It is mind blowing. And I hope this is a wakeup call to those of you reading this and looking for a good job.