What is a technologist, anyway? In the broadest sense, a technologist is a Technology Specialist. That is, one who specializes in technology. I like to take it a step further and define a technologist as a General Technology Specialist, just to ramp up the oxymoron. However, as most technologists know, that’s exactly what we are – general specialists. We’ve spent decades honing our skill-sets into fine points… in many, many different areas. These finely sharpened points may not be very deep, mind you, but boy are they sharp! The old “jack of all trades, master of none” chestnut comes into play a bit.  Just to clarify – technology is such an incredibly broad term, no one can be a specialist in every single aspect. As such, the term “technologist” contains a fair amount of tongue-in-cheek. It is, and should be, embraced despite the incongruity.

Wikipedia does not have an entry for Technologist – though one does exist for “Professional Technologist”:

Professional Technologist (P.Tech) is a Canadian professional title awarded on the basis of academic qualifications and work experience. Professional Technologists must be registered or licensed to work in engineering and technology related fields.

The title of P.Tech, is protected by provincial legislation. One cannot use the title or hold that one is a Professional Technologist unless so certified, by a provincial body associated with the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists.

Wikipedia also contains entries for specific types of technologists, illustrating efforts to narrow down the term into specialties:

Not everyone will agree with my definition:

And that’s fine. This is my take, and you asked me, remember?

Without further ado, lets jump into the incredibly focused and highly specialized world of technology (in general!):