Capitals with Job Titles (According to Chicago)

Job title capitalisation suricata

Written by Gwenydd Jones

Translator, translator trainer and copywriter

Test your knowledge of when to use capitals with job titles with this quiz.

Which of the job titles have the correct capitals? (According to The Chicago Manual of Style.)

a)      Speakers included the prime minister of Canada and Justin Bieber.

b)     I wrote to communications officer Jane Sewell yesterday.

c)      Daniel Smith, architect.

d)     Please take a seat, prime minister.

Scroll down for the answers.


a)      Correct

b)     Incorrect

c)      Correct

d)     Incorrect

Chicago rules on capitalisation of job titles: capitalise when it comes immediately before the name, in a formal context or in direct address. Don’t capitalise if it comes after the person’s name, or if there is a the before it.

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