Re: Identity crisis...
@tag4001 I hear you on kitchen sink problem. I get manage the darn cell phones also because they consider that "IT technology". :-( Life at a small company.
For most part you are correct on programming. But it really depends on who you work for and what they do. If the company writes software products, you have a never ending string of release dates to hit. If you work in Mfg like I do, the systems need to work 24x7. You don't quit working if a shopfloor program is down or accounting has problem during monthend closing.
But once you get things stable, work schedule is pretty steady. I rarely get calls after hours now, rarely work weekends, and rarely work more than 40 hours. And I'm the only IT guy onsite, with 3 separate plants to support in area. But it didn't happen overnight.