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I have been placed in a recent position where my job title does not adequately represent what my current duties entail. I am worried that this classification will affect me later in my career as the job title does not specify 'programmer'.

How important is the job title while maintaining a career when compared to the experience and knowledge I am receiving while working?

Should this be something to fret over or will a simple explanation be sufficient when transitioning to another workplace in the future?

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Duplicate, but the top-voted answer really isn't an answer to your question so I'm not voting to close. programmers.stackexchange.com/questions/16395/… –  GlenH7 Apr 24 '13 at 16:00

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Your title isn't all that important. What you did and the results that you can demonstrate from that are far more important.

Every industry has peculiarities regarding titles. For example, in Finance everyone ends up becoming a Vice President, including developers. But that title doesn't correlate with what you might think it means.

When I (and every other interviewer I've talked with) review a resume, I skim over the titles to get a general understanding of what you did, what level of responsibility you may have had, and where you were. But beyond a momentary level-set from the title, I look to the bullets and description of duties to understand what you really did.

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Title as rightly said above is not critical, but still important in this world which relies on them for new hires. Yes.. Having worked in financial software dev. , I know banks which have Investment bank, Retail bank and FX trading sections - every other guy you meet in elevator is a AVP, VP, ... –  goldenmean Apr 25 '13 at 15:21

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