Learn English – Should “Project Manager” be capitalized


I am pretty sure it shouldn't, but want to make sure that I am doing this correctly in a proposal that I am working on.

Should job titles like "Project Manager" ever be capitalized, and if so when?

In particular I am concerned about capitalization in sentences like this where the title refers to a specific person, not the role in general.

"The Project Manager will
evaluate the alternatives and offer a

I'm a lot more certain that it should NOT be capitalized in sentences like this.

"A project manager is the person who
manages the budget and deliverable for
a project."

Best Answer

Agreed on both counts regarding the examples in the OP. That is, job titles should be capitalized when they are taking the place of a single person (or otherwise acting as a name of an entity). However, there is no need to capitalize in other cases, and it would be strange if capitalized in the second example, unless it were in a company operations manual, for example.

A similar example is when you capitalize "dad" in the sentence:

I'm going fishing with Dad tomorrow.

However you don't capitalize it in the following version:

I'm going fishing with my dad tomorrow.

The former replaces a name, where the latter simply states the relationship of the person.

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