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So, I got a good laugh today when I found one of my colleagues from my own ancient history who listed as himself as a "Principle Software Engineer".  Ha, ha.  I wonder what principles he adheres to in his day-to-day work.  Chuckle.  It reminded me of that weird sect that buys radio advertising time to discuss the "high calling of our daily work."

But, then I got to thinking about the American education system and engineers' propensity for poor spelling.  Uh-oh.

So, I did a micro-experiment on Google.  Search for "principle software engineer".  Results ... aproximately 11,100,000 hits.  Okay, search again for "principal software engineer".  ... It only has to beat 11 million.  ... C'mon, c'mon, here it is ...
OH SHIT!  ONLY 868,000 HITS.

Of course, my resume states that I am a Principal Software Engineer.  (Please check any handy Webster's to convince yourself that it is the correct title.)

So, there you go.  I put myself at a disadvantage in today's tough job market just because some genetic accident gave me the ability to spell.

Well, maybe it isn't really a disadvantage.  Dice.com lists 26 jobs for Principle Engineers and 211 for Principal Engineers.  I've seen people who use the title Sr. Principle Software Engineer.  That always struck me as inherently wrong.  Isn't like The Highlander?  Principal Engineer -- there can be only one.

However, I think I'll change my title to Principled Principal Software Engineer the next time I run out of business cards.  There's a niche I would be perfect for! Posted on Friday, April 10, 2009 5:37 PM | Back to top


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