Answer to English Grammar Question 120

I am constantly currently arguing with my boss over the correct capitilization of job titles. He says they should always be capitilized and I say they should never be. For example he wants me to type Area Manager but I always just type area manager. I have seen this in print in all industry publications and I never see anyone capitilize their work titles. Am I right?

From member: M. Tucker in Australia


Answer

It depends on how the title is used. If you are refering to the area manager of your company you would write, 'Tom Jones, Area Manager' - capitals are used for a person's specific job title. However, if you are refering to all area managers you can write it as I have just done - 'area managers'. On business cards, signing letters etc. it is customary to use capitals for the person's job title.



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