What Companies Want

Let's learn the expectations associated with different career levels.

Titles based on experience level

There is some consensus on what to call each experience level. If we had to condense each:

  • Junior: Learning best practices, executing under guidance. “Intermediate” developers also fall into this bucket by virtue of being not-senior
  • Senior: Independent execution, mentorship of Juniors
  • Staff: Team lead, defining best practices, architecture, and improving productivity
  • Principal: Industry accomplishments, owning technology/roadmap;
  • Large companies also have “Architect”, “Distinguished” and “Fellow” titles to reflect various degrees of super-seniority.

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