I am studying to be a Vocational Rehabiltion Counselor and don't know when to capitalize career names. Is capitalization used differently for resume writing than for writing papers regarding different careers?

asked Oct 17 '12 at 23:38 Irma Lidaka New member

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Job roles and career titles are only capitalized when they are part of a person's title:


The audience listened to the president.

The audience listened to President Obama.

We are still waiting for Chairman John Smith

We are still waiting for the chairman, John Smith.


NOTE: Words do not suddenly change into proper nouns because they are being used in a resume.


You are studying to be a vocational rehabilitation counselor.

link comment edited Oct 18 '12 at 14:13 Peter Guess Expert

I am going to disagree slightly with Peter about resumes. If the job title stands alone (as a heading or subheading), capitalize it. If the job title appears in the text, it should be lower case.


Although this does not apply to your question, we should note that the capitalization of job titles is an area where the hard and fast rules for formal writing do not always apply. The Chicago Manual of Style acknowledges that for reasons of politics or politeness, job titles may be capitalized in less formal writing situations. One exception may occur where the title is being used as a substitute for the holder's proper name. The University of California's official style guide calls for the President and Chancellor (and only these two positions) to be capitalized whenever their personal names could be substituted.


This exception also occurs in the legal documents used by my profession. In the construction contract, and in the drawings and specification that are a part of that contract, it is always Owner, Architect, and Contractor. Those are all considered to be substitutes for personal or corporate names.


I hope this helps.

link comment answered Oct 18 '12 at 14:36 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

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