I am looking for a word to describe differences between two groups of professional fields.

Our small company is having a competition for best outside-of-work pictures. There are about 10 people in the San Diego, CA office, comprised of graphic designers and wordsmiths for creating brochures and such, and 10 people in the Central Oregon office that are mostly programmers/EDI developers.

I was thinking we will see big difference in the type of pictures submitted between the two offices because of the ______ (cultural?/demographic?/??) difference between the two professional fields.

What is a good word for that?

I suppose you can guess I am not on the wordsmith side :)

  • I'd say the difference would be because of the different skillsets inherent for each group. Skillset is "nicer" than saying "talent" since skills are part talent and probably a bigger part practice and time spent honing a set of skills. – Kristina Lopez May 10 '16 at 19:00
  • You are expecting to see a correlation between the type of picture an employee submits and the office to which they belong. And the wordsmith side is probably expecting to see a big difference between the type of pictures submitted by the two offices ;) – Phil Sweet May 10 '16 at 22:24

A fairly recent buzzword that would work well for this situation is wheelhouse:

We will see a big difference in the type of pictures submitted between the two offices because of their different wheelhouses.

This is an extension of the idiom:

in someone's wheelhouse

(US, idiomatic) Matching a person's interests or abilities well.


It's a bit more flexible than some more formal options, and encompasses both skill sets and inclinations. Examples of this extended usage:

While these three artists come from very different wheelhouses, they share a knack for storytelling and an ear for melody. (The Bulletin, comparing musicians from various genres)


My parents are in computer science and medicine so our jobs are in completely different wheelhouses. (Aemilia Madden chat transcript)

In Elementary, Joan and Sherlock have this very interesting dynamic; they have very different wheelhouses, but they’re equals and Joan is one of the few people that really keeps up with Sherlock. (Blog)

For a discussion of the phrase's origins, see this Chicago Tribune article.

Some similar, more traditional terms might be line, sphere, or bailiwick.

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Try subculture

A group that has beliefs and behaviors that are different/distinguishing from the main groups within a culture,group or society.

Your sentence becomes "Subcultural difference between the two professional fields."

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It's probably the difference in orientation.

Cambridge Dictionary:

"orientation" in Business English

orientation noun

the type of interests, activities, or aims that an organization, business, or project has, or the act of giving attention to a particular thing:

The company has adopted a new eco-friendly orientation.


orientation noun

2 a : a usually general or lasting direction of thought, inclination, or interest

The organization has a decidedly conservative orientation.

Her later works were more introspective in orientation.

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How about the different mentality of the different people?

It seems to me that it does capture your example quite nicely. "I was thinking we will see big difference in the type of pictures submitted between the two offices because of the mentality difference between the two professional fields."

mode or way of thought - MW

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"Culture" in business generally describes the sort of conditions that define the workplace experience (see, for example, http://www.inc.com/jt-odonnell/5-signs-your-companys-culture-is-dying.html). In this sense, culture refers to whether or not males wear suits and ties, or whether or not the office has an open-floor plan or cubicles, and whether or not the company organizes photo contests for its workers. In this sense, different industries are certainly characterized by different cultures (e.g., banking culture is not like media culture), but different kinds of workers within one industry (or perhaps one company) would generally be said to experience the same culture.

"Demographics" refers, especially in business, to statistical categories, often related to consumers (Tiffany's and Walmart appeal to different demographics, for example).

I think I would use a word like sensibility, which, per Merriam-Webster, is

the kinds of feelings that a certain type of person tends to have

Other possibilities are outlook, perspective, and world view.

I was thinking we'd see big difference in the type of pictures submitted between the two offices because of the different sensibilities that graphic designers and programmers have

or some such.

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Ethos means ‘the characteristic spirit of a culture, era, or community as manifested in its beliefs and aspirations.’

From the greek ‘nature, disposition, customs’.

‘I was thinking we will see a big difference in the type of pictures submitted between the two offices because of the difference in ethos between the two professional fields.’


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