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When people hire a technical writer, they often expect someone who can
create graphics (both static and dynamic). A lot of technical
documentation includes graphics - some technical documentation is
*mostly* graphic. Come to think of it, I've never had a tech writing job
that didn't demand some graphic expertise.
Still, the ads call for a "Technical Writer," even when they want a
writer who can also do this, that, and the other. If you want to call
yourself a "Technical Communicator" when you show up for your interview,
I don't think the HR department would mind. You'd still have the skills
and experience they're looking for.
I've never interviewed game developers, but I'm pretty sure that their
resumes don't - and won't - be titled, "Technical Communicator."
> -----Original Message-----
> From: David Hailey
> Sent: Wednesday, April 30, 2008 2:21 PM
> To: Dan Goldstein; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: RE: STC is broken
> I think that is a good definition for "technical
> Technical communication, on the other hand, is a
> much larger community. For example I teach VR
> training developers, game developers, technical
> animators, and videographers in our program.
> That points out the STC's big problem. They
> represent "technical communication" and the
> community of technical communicators is as
> diverse as any professional community I can name.
> How can they represent the growing and changing
> needs of all these different professions? How
> could they be a union or guild for illustrators,
> art directors, publications coordinators, and
> documentation specialists?
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