The rules for the capitalization of job titles are not very clear.
After I've read some internet articles (for instance, this Capitalization of job title question) I compiled some rules:

a) It goes before the name of a person:

Professor Adams or Director Joe Brown.

b) It goes immediately after the name of the person:

John Williams, Chairman, will attend the meeting.

Note: if it has "the", we do not capitalize:
Mrs Smith, the chairwoman of the company x, is retiring.

c) In signatures lines at the end of a letter or email:

Sarah Stevens, President

But then, while browsing a well-known job search website I saw ALL the job titles capitalized in the jobs descriptions:

We are seeking to recruit an exceptional individual as Office Manager for the Registry team.

We are seeking to appoint a number of Teaching Assistants to support pupils' learning and to raise attainment.

and in a common English grammar book I see:

What do you do?
I am a receptionist.

Can somebody explain me the right to way to capitalize a job title?


1 Answer 1


I'm touching whether job titles are capitalized.

BBC's Learning English Blog describes:

As a noun 'professor' doesn't need a capital letter, but when it is someone's title, like 'Professor Jones' or 'Dr Doolittle' it takes a capital letter.

That said, when you are talking about 'office manager' or teaching assistant' they don't take capital letters.

Please note that if you have noticed capital letters, be sure that it's not a headline. Because headlines tend to have first letter capital.

Say --

Title - XYZ Company Needs an Assistant Director

  • 1
    The reality is that, particularly in job postings, people regularly capitalize job titles to set them apart or emphasize them... That being said, that doesn't mean it's "correct". Similar to the grocer's apostrophe.
    – Catija
    Commented Sep 18, 2015 at 16:54
  • Thank you for your answer. The article is really helpful as your insights. It seems that actually the capitalization of job titles is straight forward: there are only one or two exceptions to the general lowercasing.
    – viery365
    Commented Sep 19, 2015 at 10:24
  • @Catija Thank you for your comment. You made me understand that when the employees decide to to capitalize job titles in the job descriptions is more a question of utility/style than using the rules of English. This always has confused me.
    – viery365
    Commented Sep 19, 2015 at 10:29

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