By Dale Cruse
Throughout the history of the web, job titles haven’t meant much to those of us actually doing the work.
It’s no wonder: In the earliest days of the web, each of us who played any role in the creation of a website were simply called “Webmaster”. It didn’t matter if we wrote copy, designed graphics, did any kind of programming, or even hardware or server support. Regardless of what we actually did, we were almost universally given the all-too generic title of “Webmaster”.
But as time went on and more emphasis was placed on the look and feel of a website, the title “Web Designer” became more the norm. This was only slightly more descriptive than the “Webmaster” title but still managed to only capture what one segment of web workers actually did. The title “Web Designer” left entire segments of web workers without an accurate description of what we actually did. After all, that person who set up the server was no more a “Web Designer” than the person who wrote copy.
Our job titles are slowly getting more descriptive, but not descriptive enough.
So are you a “Front of the Front End” developer or more of a “Back of the Front End” developer? Which camp do you fall into?