# Define “cryptographer”

I often encounter the phrase "I am not a cryptographer". Is there a generally accepted definition for who is a cryptographer? What qualifications would be expected?

For instance, should that person be expected to hold a relevant degree, or to have published $N$ papers?

Alternatively, would someone performing cryptanalysis or analysis of cryptographic protocols in a professional capacity be considered a "cryptographer", even without the academic background?

• Why do people always want to draw lines everywhere? Isn't the world more fun without them? – Maarten Bodewes Sep 26 '15 at 2:21
• Agreed :) Some context: a friend asked me whether it would be acceptable to claim in a professional context that he is a "cryptographer". I wasn't sure how to respond. – Tim McLean Sep 26 '15 at 4:32
• (I phrased the question more generally so that it could also be helpful to others in the future) – Tim McLean Sep 26 '15 at 4:34
• People who state "I am not a cryptographer" in a question here, probably don't imply anything, but that they would appreciate an answer that only requires basic prior knowledge of the subject. Possibly, it might also be an appeal to the ego of any expert prepared to answer. Flattery is the simplest form of manipulation. – Henrick Hellström Sep 26 '15 at 7:36