Insights through O*NET: 14. Exploring Technologist Occupations (4)
In our previous posts, we drew comparisons between occupational requirements and job content for technologists in Industrial Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. A closer look at the table below, showing the job titles in the O*NET database corresponding to the two occupations, may provide an insight into why the former occupation tends to score higher than the latter in areas such as resource management, supervision and innovation.
In the Industrial Engineering Technologist occupation, we see job titles such as Head of Operation and Logistics, Managers of Asset Management, Operations and Procurement, Lean Six Sigma Specialist, Production Control Supervisor and QA Manager. On the other hand, while the Mechanical Engineering Technologist occupation features different types of engineering design jobs (which we saw reflected in this previous post), in general we do not see the same level of seniority in the jobs listed there.
Our conclusion? While the US standard occupational classification (SOC) recognises technologist occupations in a way that the UK SOC does not (at least at present), there is still a wide range in the meaning and understanding of the occupation title ‘technologist’.OccupationDescriptionJob TitlesIndustrial Engineering TechnologistsAssist industrial engineers in such activities as quality control, inventory control, or material flow methods. May conduct statistical studies or analyze production costs.Advanced Computer Aided Design Specialist (Advanced CAD Specialist)Advanced Diagnostics Engineering SpecialistAdvanced Manufacturing ConsultantAssistant Manager Quality ManagementAssociate Product Integrity EngineerEfficiency AnalystEfficiency ExpertEngineering TechnologistHead of Operation and LogisticsIndustrial Engineering AnalystIndustrial Engineering TechnologistIndustrial Methods ConsultantIndustrial TechnologistLean Six Sigma Black BeltLean Six Sigma Senior SpecialistLiaison EngineerManager, Asset ManagementManager, Operations and ProcurementManufacturing SpecialistMaterial SchedulerMaterials PlannerMaterials Planner/Production PlannerMethods Time AnalystMotion Study AnalystPlanner/SchedulerPPAP CoordinatorProcess Documentation and Methods AnalystProcess Safety Engineering TechnologistProduction AnalystProduction Control AnalystProduction Control ExpertProduction Control PlannerProduction Control SupervisorProduction ExpertProduction PlannerProductivity EngineerProject LeaderQA ManagerQuality Assurance Analyst (QA Analyst)Quality Control AnalystQuality Control DirectorQuality Control ExpertQuality Control SpecialistQuality ControllerQuality EngineerQuality Management CoordinatorQuality TechReal Time AnalystReliability EngineerSenior Engineering SpecialistSenior Product Integrity EngineerSenior Quality EngineerSenior Quality Methods SpecialistTime Motion AnalystTime Study AnalystTraffic Rate AnalystMechanical Engineering TechnologistsAssist mechanical engineers in such activities as generation, transmission, or use of mechanical or fluid energy. Prepare layouts of machinery or equipment or plan the flow of work. May conduct statistical studies or analyze production costs.Apparatus Engineering TechnologistCAD Designer (Computer Aided Design Designer)Data AnalystEngineer Technical StaffEngineering AideEngineering AnalystEngineering TechEngineering Technical AnalystEngineering TechnologistLead Manufacturing Engineering TechMechanical DesignerMechanical Designer/Wind-Chill AdministratorMechanical Engineering TechnologistMechanical MaintenanceMechanical TechnologistOperations AnalystSenior AdvisorySenior DesignerSenior Process AnalystSystems AnalystTechnical AnalystTechnical Staff EngineerTest Engineering AnalystTool AnalystTooling Engineering Tech