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Do You or Do You Not...?

Post by oursilverstrands » Mon Dec 05, 2016 9:52 pm

Jan, I would not capitalize Electrical Engineer, but is there a rule that it should or should not be capitalized>

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Re: Do You or Do You Not...?

Post by glorybee » Tue Dec 06, 2016 12:17 am

It's the difference between a title and just the name of a job. In your example, 'electrical engineer' is just like any other job:

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You'd capitalize titles, such as those that are elected or appointed--the difference being specificity and uniqueness.

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