Am working my way through the A List Apart survey from last spring. Don’t have detailed thoughts, but one definite quibble with a conclusion that was drawn:
Overall, these findings seem to imply that titles representing a more current (or emerging) understanding of the field are more prevalent at for-profits and start-ups than at non-profits, government agencies, and schools. Put simply, based on this data, for-profit and start-up companies appear to be ahead of the curve in their understanding of the field.
I don’t think so. Non-profits, government agencies, and schools can often only afford one web person, or maybe 2, or maybe 1/2 a person. So that person DOES a lot of those other titles, but can only print one on their business card.
Quite possibly more on this later.
Update: skimming again in the morning, I noticed that government, non-profits, and edu have the highest percentage of “Other”, and in fact, for non-profits and schools, Other is actually the largest category. Based on my personal experience, I’m going to guess that a lot of those non-profit Others do web work as part of their job, and their job title is something in IT or Marketing; a lot of the school Others are quite likely titled “Web Manager,” which seems to be a fairly popular title in higher ed at least, but wasn’t in the survey.