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SCJP, SCJD, SCWCD, SCEA, MS, PHD. where to put?

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what is expected of the holders of this titles in a software dev work environment? guess we could always look at the objectives of the course/exams taken, but more often these are too general or specific from what's required at work, understandable. Or, better how to maximize this people, where should they be assigned to? e.g. for large companies, make PhD do focused research. But how about if its only a small company, who happens to have a PhD holder, or MS holder? where should they better put the guy? There are companies I know with these holders, but whose jobs/job requirements are more or less the same from those of non-MS or non-PhD. Their difference probably lies in salary. If this salary difference is just out of recognition of their extra efforts and the extra things they learned, and they have the same jobs/assignments/ as those of the non-holders who exert same effort, that would probably not be a good 'difference'. Or, the 'holders' are not being optimized.
Same holds with the java certified and those non-java certified in our work group - where 'certs' are more of a 'personal' thing, rather than a 'work' thing. But again, its good to listen and evaluate other views and experiences.
[ February 10, 2003: Message edited by: boyet silverio ]
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Well, I hired a PhD who's work was unrelated to our company's product. His PhD was not necessarily relevant for our work, so it didn't factor much into his compensation.
In my opinion, you should not be rewarded for a degree, but rather for what you can offer the company. The degree may or may not be relevant to this.
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