RE: TC vs TW

Subject: RE: TC vs TW
From: David Hailey <david -dot- hailey -at- usu -dot- edu>
To: Technical Writer <tekwrytr -at- hotmail -dot- com>, Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 8 May 2008 09:25:08 -0600

>>>"The sad part is that such concepts form the basis of many academic programs in "technical communication."<<<

Like graphic design, illustration, and copywriting, technical writing is evolving into a freelance-driven profession -- that means a future with fewer jobs, lower wages, and fewer benefits. I earlier mentioned that in some places 45% of the job listings were contracted. The spooky thing is that the vast majority of contract jobs are never listed. There is no telling what percentage of TW jobs are outsourced or insourced or offshored, but it has to be well over 50% already, and the trend is only beginning.

Technical communicators who really ARE technical communicators, have a broader foundation with more opportunities for innovation and promotion, AND if they have complicated jobs that demand a variety of skills, their jobs are more inoculated from outsourcing. Tech comm. programs that give their students a broad and technically current degree, are doing their students a great service.

Many technical writers are comfortable with the "old" traditions, but I'm here to tell you the traditions are changing.

David E. Hailey, Jr., Ph.D.
Associate Professor -- Professional and Technical Writing
Utah State University
dhailey -at- english -dot- usu -dot- edu


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