Re: Tech Comm Survey

Subject: Re: Tech Comm Survey
From: Wade Courtney <wade -dot- courtney -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 13 Oct 2004 15:58:07 -0700

Ok I'll Play

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

8 years (i'm probably the baby of the group)

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

Started in the Navy using WordStar and Word Perfect, now use MS Word
(blech) and Frame (yay).

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

No not because of tech writing. I did get a pay cut once (company
wide) because the company sucked. I could make about 25K a year more
as a contractor and ride my wife's benefits if I wanted to.

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

Yes. My first technical document was a Weapons Firing Doctrine for
the ship I was on. Now I write user's manuals and other related

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

I have relocated in my adult life 4 times, but not as a tech writer.
As a tech writer in the last 5 years I have worked for 4 companies. As
a contractor for one of those for a year. One of those companies went
out of business after I was with them for 18 months. I also have my
own company on the side as a freelancer.

Wade Courtney
President/Principal Writer
Sabio Publications Inc
MSN: wade_courtney
Yahoo: wcourtne
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you know success?"


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