Technical typist?

Subject: Technical typist?
From: "Katie Henry" <katie-henry -at- worldnet -dot- att -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2002 00:47:30 -0500

I'm looking at what appears to be a list of labor categories and pay rates
defined by the GSA (the General Services Administration, which is the US
government's purchasing department, sort of).

A position called "Technical Typist" jumped out at me (see below). Calgon,
take me back to 1965. Is this what the government calls tech writers? And do
they still ask about typing speed? Or maybe this is a desktop-publishing
position and they left the tech-writing jobs off the list? (Although it
calls the position "Technical Typist/Writer" in the salary table.) Are there
any federal employees out there who can shed some light?

Just curious,


ANTE-0014 - Technical Typist

Minimum/General Experience: Must have at least two years' experience in a
technical typing position. At least one year's experience working as a
technical typist preparing computer system documentation or documenting
developed software requirements.

Functional Responsibility: Prepares draft and final form technical
documents. Must be capable of typing at average or above average speed. Must
be capable of typing technical narratives and data. Responsible for
spelling, grammar, proper format, and for proofreading finished documents.
Must be capable of using various word processing equipment.


P.S. -- Here's a compelling job posting from a different recruiter.

Technical Writer
Education: BS/BA
Experience: One to two years
Abilities: Dependent upon the level of position for which you are applying,
however, an overview of abilities would be:

Tag and formal from source documents
Attention to good detail
Excellent command of English language, strong grammar/proofing skills
Creation of publication

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