A reality of Corporate Anywherica is that not all jobs are salaried to their value for society at large. Neurosurgeons may be approximately as important as most people imagine, and command about the salary most people imagine, but a lot of highly successful job roles exist as important cogs in a company’s machine that are otherwise gigantic questionmarks to the rest of society. A lot of my friends have jobs like these. They are difficult to categorize, usually command a six-figure salary, and yet all seem to have existed by the same mechanism: they have a difficult-to-replicate intersection of qualifications that are arrived at somewhat by happenstance, and their actual work is far less profound than the job title suggests.
So I’ve coined the slang Scarce Corporabullshit Technologist (SCT) to describe a job role that
- exists on a very small intersection of venn diagrams¹, hence “Scarce” (as in scarcity, i.e. few are available)
- involves some rare intersection of corporate and tech skills such that very few people meet the criteria, hence “Technologist” (e.g., five years IT + two years sales manager or something)
- is not nearly as intense² or valuable³ as the job title’s impressiveness seems to indicate, hence “Corporabullshit”