Click here to monitor SSC
SQLServerCentral is supported by Red Gate Software Ltd.
 
Log in  ::  Register  ::  Not logged in
 
 
 

Who is "the IT guy?"

By Ted Manasa,

I'll be frank. I don't want to be called an "IT guy." Among my IT colleagues, when we refer to the IT guy, we mean desktop or hardware support. When tech support calls, we are talking to "the IT guys"; call this elitism, but there it is. (For brevity, I mean the gender neutral intepretation of "guy.") But, when my friends say, "I know an IT guy," they mean me. And despite working in IT, as many of you do, I don't like to call myself an "IT guy."

So what's my pickle with this title?

Well, I'm not desktop or hardware support. I'm a data architect/ETL developer. Which is different. Right? I think so. But people in the greater public don't think so. IT folks are often represented by the Geek Squad and those monochromely-dressed guys in the IBM commercials. (They don't know that we're guitar-playing/motorcycle-riding mountain bikers with attitude!) Granted, no one outside our industry needs to know what our true, convoluted titles are, so I can understand the easy-to-use "IT" moniker. I suppose, then, my real qualm is with the "guy" part of "IT guy."

When we refer to other professionals, we definitely don't say "the plumber guy," or "the doctor guy," or "the laywer guy." If you say those outloud, the inclusion of "guy" somehow changes the connotation, and not in a good way. (Try it.)

Yet, we do have the "cable guy." So what, if anything, puts the "IT guy" and the "cable guy" in a similar group?

Ultimately, what I want to know is: what does "IT guy" really mean?

Is it simply someone, anyone, who works with technology? If so, are you ok with being called, or referring to yourself as, "an IT guy?" If you're not ok with it, why not?

Perhaps me, and a few colleagues of mine, are in denial and really are just IT guys. Maybe the label doesn't matter at all. But sometimes, labels matter; would you trust your health to a "doctor guy?" We're having some debate about this in my peer group and would love to get your opinions.

Ted Pin


The Voice of the DBA Podcasts

Everyday Jones

The podcast feeds are now available at sqlservercentral.podshow.com to get better bandwidth and maybe a little more exposure :). Comments are definitely appreciated and wanted, and you can get feeds from there.

Overall RSS Feed: or now on iTunes!

Today's podcast features music by Everyday Jones. No relation, but I stumbled on to them and really like the music. Support this great duo at www.everydayjones.com.

I really appreciate and value feedback on the podcasts. Let us know what you like, don't like, or even send in ideas for the show. If you'd like to comment, post something here. The boss will be sure to read it.

Total article views: 213 | Views in the last 30 days: 1
 
Related Articles
BLOG

Podcasting

A new video setup is on the way!!!! Actually I'll do a couple podcasts on podcasting over the hol...

ARTICLE

Podcast Announcements

Podcast Feeds

BLOG

The Podcast is in the Windows Store

If you’ve got a Windows Phone, or any of the Windows devices that support podcasts, the Voice of the...

ARTICLE

DBA Support

This Friday Steve Jones talks about your support load. Let us know how many databases you support an...

BLOG

Podcasting

I'm working on getting a small studio set up for some podcasting of the editorials. That means I put...

Tags
editorial    
 
Contribute

Join the most active online SQL Server Community

SQL knowledge, delivered daily, free:

Email address:  

You make SSC a better place

As a member of SQLServerCentral, you get free access to loads of fresh content: thousands of articles and SQL scripts, a library of free eBooks, a weekly database news roundup, a great Q & A platform… And it’s our huge, buzzing community of SQL Server Professionals that makes it such a success.

Join us!

Steve Jones
Editor, SQLServerCentral.com

Already a member? Jump in:

Email address:   Password:   Remember me: Forgotten your password?
Steve Jones