Re: Tech Comm Survey

Subject: Re: Tech Comm Survey
From: "Gene Kim-Eng" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 13 Oct 2004 10:15:22 -0700

----- Original Message -----
From: "Tricia Little" <tlittle08 -at- hotmail -dot- com>

> 1. How long have you been a technical communicator?

Including time spent as an engineer, 29 years

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

Well, for one thing, when I first started, writing was totally "hardware
(i.e., typewriter); over the years, Wordstar -> Word -> Interleaf -> Frame
and still counting.

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

The biggest change is that today top salaries for technical communicators
nearly on a par with that of engineers.

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

The primary change is that the support staff that used to be there
operators, illustrators, etc.) are pretty much gone now.

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

Not counting time spent as an independent contractor, five direct positions,
two relos.

Gene Kim-Eng


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