Many excellent firms offer chances for technically trained
and productive people to advance within a pay and responsibility
structure in the technical side of the dual ladder system.
Commonly, there are three ways to advance into this
ladder. One is self nomination. The second is to be nominated
by a sector manager recognizing a person’s contributions
and potential for advancing technology in the company’s
core competency areas. The third is by nomination from
a recognized society.
Erin White authored an article about this in the WSJ and
cited five ways to grow in the technical track.
- Be recognized in your field by publishing papers, especially
reviews in recognized and refereed journals. Technical
oral papers are valued in certain fields.
- Research and compare compensation packages, including
options with peers and peer organizations. Understand
what it is worth.
- Make a list of accomplishments, including
new product ideas,
beneficial technical collaborations and
- Support past contributions with examples of use and
future work areas which will benefit the bottom line.
With this information an individual might approach
a supervisor or member of an honored technical group
of a company and make their case for continued
As each of us who have supported unique recognitions
like this, the support and coordination of advisers,
mentors and supervisors takes effort and insight
that benefits all people concerned.