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What is the difference between job title and job role?

For example, from the Google documentation on rich snippets:

title — The person's title (for example, Financial Manager)
role — The person's role (for example, Accountant)

I can't see a difference in meaning between the two.

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Titles are succinct; roles are more descriptive of responsibilities. –  cornbread ninja 麵包忍者 Mar 17 '13 at 1:20
    
A RECEPTIONIST is usually the first person you see as you enter a corporate office, for example. That's a job TITLE. His or her ROLE is gatekeeper. The gatekeeper is the person who keeps the "gate" to employees further up the food chain closed to undesirables or people who do not have appointments, whether these people present themselves in person or over the telephone. –  rhetorician Mar 17 '13 at 1:35
    
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A "job role" is a description of what a person does. A "job title" is a convenient name for a role.

For example: At my last job, my role was to write code that helped us be sure that our product worked as well as we thought it did. My title was Software Engineer, because it's (as noted in the comments on your post) short and to the point. People know what a Software Engineer does in general, without a long explanation.

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