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> Id like to share my input with you. Maybe in the US it is
> different but here
> in Canada it is like this as far as I know.
> Most tech writers have certificates in tech writing and a Bachelor is
> English, Journalism or Languages or even Computer science.
That is my experience as well. (I have a Diploma in Tech Writing and a
Bachelors Degree in Engineering.)
> Most people dont know the field exists.
I'm not convinced that this is true in Ottawa. Perhaps it is, but not to
the same degree as in Montreal. A couple of years ago, whenever I mentioned
my job in tech writing to a new acquaintance, I'd get a sympathetic look and
a murmurred "I'm so sorry. Nortel, right?" [Nortel was the biggest local
employer of tech comms up until the Tech Wreck.]