Re: Popular scientific writing
I would also like to hear what suggestions people have for marketing myClose enough, I'd say. However, as you write your resume for technical writing, you might want to explain exactly how this experience is relevant to the type of job you're looking for. This explanation can be as obvious as a bullet point starting "skills relevant to technical writing."
skills. For example, does the publication of articles in peer reviewed
scientific journals qualify as technical writing?
The only people whoNot all technical-writing is directed at a lay audience - in fact, much of the better paying work isn't. If asked, you might compare your work to writing a programming manual, rather than a user's guide.
read the articles are other scientists with similar interests and
background, so making the articles intelligible to a lay audience is not
On the other hand, proposals on cross disciplinary topics,You might use any cross-disciplinary work as proof of your ability to absorb and synthesize new information quickly. This skill is so important to tech-writing that I sometimes think that it's at the core of the profession.
as some of mine have been
I am especially interested in hearing about the experiences of peopleAs you might imagine, most of the science in tech-writing will be applied. For example, some basic physics is relevant to 3D modelling or for data loggers for temperature and relative humidity. On a somewhat more advanced level, biotech and medical companies generally prefer to hire writers with biology degrees. Use your imagination, and target your job search to areas where your knowledge would be an asset - the aerospace industry, perhaps?
with similar backgrounds. I read the article "Getting Started in
Technical Writing" which had information from people entering tech
writing from different fields. Physics was not one of them.
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