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I think the shift in the salary survey (and others) reflects one of the
core missions of the STC -- a focus on research and education -- that
has always been of interest to me, as a practicing professional -- it
represents strategy (imo).
The Society does an OK job at the extremely tactical, as well (this tool
will do this for you).
Where the Society does not do a very good job is on the business side of
our profession -- it helps maintain the Rodney Dangerfield-esque stance
that many of our peers espouse, and seems to offer little hard data on
how to specifically manage a business unit.
This, of course, is mirrored in reality, where most tech communication
folks report to engineers, marketing folks, tech support pros . . . .
Ah well, the Society seems to be the best show in town.
From: Guy K. Haas [mailto:guy -at- hiskeyboard -dot- com]
Sent: Monday, November 12, 2007 4:56 PM
Subject: Re: Re-upping STC membership?
We kept hearing that the survey figures were suspect -- that members
understood to be inflating their numbers. Comments?
Meanwhile, is there yet any attempt by HQ to gather demographic info
what industries members work in/with, so that we can see WHERE the
kinds of TecComm jobs are?
--Guy K. Haas
Software Exegete in Silicon Valley
On Mon, November 12, 2007 2:29 pm, Gene Kim-Eng wrote:
> STC has abandoned its traditional method of collecting data directly
> from members and has switched to reports derived from BLS figures,
> come from employers. So instead of finding out what rates mid-to-high
> level professionals with specialized technical communications skills
> reporting, we'll be receiving the same useless data I can already
> through various other services that derive reports from the same
> and lump the experienced professionals I need to negotiate rates with
> with various nontechnical, clerical and secretarial people who have
> managed to score the title of "technical writer" by taking $15/hour
> assignments from places like Apple One. However, I was not previously
> aware that STC was going to expect us to pay extra for it.
> Gene Kim-Eng
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