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No offense, but whoever gave you that assignment hasn't been paying
attention. The changes are huge.
On Tue, 12 Oct 2004 14:15:31 -0500, Tricia Little <tlittle08 -at- hotmail -dot- com> wrote:
> I'm a junior at Mankato State University, Mankato. I have to write an
> article for one of my technical communications classes dealing with the
> changes in the workplace of technical communicators from when the job was new
> (10-20 years ago) until now. If anyone could fill out this simple survey and
> email it back to me, it would be great appreciated. Thank you.
> 1. How long have you been a technical communicator?
> 2. Have you noticed changes in software programs that you use? Explain
Uuuum, we are now using software. Previously, we didn't. 20 years ago,
widespread use of computers was in its infancy. In fact, in many
places, technical writers would hand copy to typist
> 3. Have you noticed a change in salary? Explain briefly.
Yes, it went up in the 90s particularly in software and then, for the
past 3-1/2 years, cost of living has increased faster than salaries
and employment has been harder to get, particularly for contractors.
> 4. Do the tasks that you complete now vary from what you did when you began
> working in this field? Explain briefly.
Yes. We use software. We have online documentation now. We do much
less with print; in fact, tech writers today don't need to understand
fonts, colour, press, etc.
> 5. How many times have you changed jobs or relocated?
Every three years like clockwork. Never relocated but almost did
twice, once almost 400 miles, once almost off-continent.
> Thank you for your time.
> tlittle08 -at- hotmail -dot- com
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