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September 23, 2019

Are You a Technician, a Technologist or Both?

What do we mean when we use the term “technologist”? What separates a technologist from a technician? Aren't all technologists technicians at times? CEO, award-winning author and social innovator Charles Eaton explores these questions in episode 2 of Technologist Talk, a podcast from CompTIA’s tech workforce charity, Creating IT Futures.


In the first episode of Technologist Talk, Eaton presents a foundation for why parents (per by Creating IT Futures, teens rely on their parents for career advice 2:1 over any other source.) and other mentors should encourage teens to explore careers working with technology, also known as the “T” in STEM education (Science/Technology/Engineering/Math). Episode 2 dives deeper, defining what it means to be a technologist v. a technician. While the two terms are often used interchangeably, Eaton explains the key difference: that you don’t have to be proficient at a certain IT task to identify as a technologist.


“At the core, most businesses are tech businesses. JP Morgan Chase isn’t the mostSTEM Book 450 successful bank in the world without being a tech company at its core,” says Eaton. “They hire a lot of technologists and technicians to do the work.” The key for parents and educators, he says, is to inspire young people to understand there are roles for them involving technology, for instance in sales or marketing, without having to do the work of a technician.


“The technologist is seeing the bigger picture, how it fits together, how it drives the business, how you’re serving customers,” Eaton says, award-winning author of How to Launch Your Teen’s Career in Technology: A Parent’s Guide to the T in STEM Education.


Click here to listen to a Podcast Flashback, just in case you missed the episode first time around.


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