Re: Tech Comm Survey

Subject: Re: Tech Comm Survey
From: HBacheler -at- aol -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 13 Oct 2004 11:33:14 EDT

In a message dated 10/12/2004 4:16:18 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
tlittle08 -at- hotmail -dot- com writes:

1. How long have you been a technical communicator?

In one way or another, approximately 20+ years. If you include time as
computer systems programmer analyst, responsible for user docs, training, etc,
about 35 years (since 1970).

2. Have you noticed changes in software programs that you use? Explain

Originally used cards (80-colum) in the code that I wrote. Also IBM

Used CPT word processor, NCR Line editor. UNIX nroff/troff, etc. In the PC
arena started with MS Word 2.x and WordPerfect 2.X (1985/1986). Have been
using MS Word since. US Government preferred standard. (Up to MS Word 2000), Use
Visio and PowerPoint for diagramming now. In the 80's used EasyFlow.

You can see the changes

3. Have you noticed a change in salary? Explain briefly.

Salary for tech writers have risen steadily in the areas where I have worked.
Started out on the low-end, and recently was offered $40.oo hour because of
varied experience.

4. Do the tasks that you complete now vary from what you did when you began
working in this field? Explain briefly.

Absolutely. In the beginning tech writers were limited in the areas that
they could contribute. Now tech writers are included in major efforts of

5. How many times have you changed jobs or relocated?

I have had many 'jobs' that lasted from 1 month, to several years. I have
been a 'Systems Analyst/Techwriter as W-2 with bennies, W-2 without bennies, and
1099 contractor since 1985. Jobs, about 20 or so, with out relocation
(Washington, DC area)

Hope this helps you

Harry M. Bacheler, Jr.


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