Re: career path in the third and fourth decades?

Subject: Re: career path in the third and fourth decades?
From: arroxaneullman -at- aol -dot- com
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2005 12:31:30 -0500

Monica Cellio <cellio -at- pobox -dot- com> commented, " I hadn't considered that tech-writing as a field might be new enough to not have many (or any) 40-year veterans; that's a good point."

Actually, Technical Writing is nearly a century old (if you include Engineering Writing as the predecessor). But most of the older TWs have moved on. My grandfather is fully retired and was a technical writer back in the 50s-80s. He still fancies himself a technical writer. I consider him a novelist with technical interests--but don't tell him I said that!

I'm sure there are tech writers who have been in the field for 30-50 years, but they probably have some more grandiose title, like VP to the Deity of Tech Comm. ;)

If you look at the STC statistics, you find out that the average member has been in tech comm for around 20 years. Where are all the golden-era TWs? They may not be comfortable enough with electronic communication to participate in a list such as this. But that's just my guess.

Personally, after about 25 years of tech writing I plan to "retire" and write the Great American Science Fiction Novel. Or not.

:)
Arroxane
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References:
career path in the third and fourth decades?: From: Monica Cellio
Re: career path in the third and fourth decades?: From: Dick Margulis
Re: career path in the third and fourth decades?: From: Monica Cellio

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