One of the more common stereotypes put on tech people is that they just use Google to solve problems.

I would say that this is mostly accurate.  

At the same time it’s important to note that there are varying degrees of Google searching based on your experience.

This is affectionately known as Google-fu.

Typically those with better Google-fu are in turn better problem solvers.

There's a certain skill to knowing what to ask Google.

There are also different ways to use your Google-fu.

You can research a problem or topic.
You can look for pointer's.
Or you can look for an actual solution.

Knowing which approach to use is based on experience.

Using a search engine to solve a problem is a very common practice.

But it is not all that tech people do.

Really good tech people also have their own library of information.

When you combine experience, a personal library of information and Google-fu you have a pretty serious arsenal to draw from.

It doesn't really matter what industry you work in.

Having these three pieces is a huge differentiator.  

Don't hate the Google.

Shared knowledge lifts everyone.