Re: Multilingualism and Technical Writers

Subject: Re: Multilingualism and Technical Writers
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 08 Oct 2001 14:15:42 -0700

Elna Tymes wrote:

Is there a significant demand for technical writers who can write
manuals in more than one language?

While the opportunities for writers in Silicon Valley have dropped through the
floor in the last six months, there have been recurring postings for writers who
also speak and read/write Japanese. There are also some opportunities for
bilingual writers who speak and read Spanish as well as English.

It sounds like the demand varies with the area and the company.

In the Vancouver area, I've seen some demand for Japanese, Chinese, and Korean. This demand isn't too surprising. Vancouver is Canada's main Pacific port, so it has lots of Asian trade ties, as well as long-established Asian communities. It's a convenient place for Canadian companies that do business in Asia, as well as Asian companies doing business in North America.

If it's true that much of the hardware and software business has reached saturation in North America, then I would expect this connection to become more important, as companies start looking for new markets in Asia.

Bruce Byfield 604.421.7177 bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com

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