Re: Seen the STC Survey on May 22? (Was: TC definition)

Subject: Re: Seen the STC Survey on May 22? (Was: TC definition)
From: "Michael West" <mbwest -at- bigpond -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 31 May 2008 18:25:07 +1000

"Gene Kim-Eng":
> Well now you're really confusing me. An engineer developing
> computer HW or SW might not be working in the "IT industry,"
> but computers and software are part of "IT."

Computers and software and related products are produced, sold, and serviced
by the IT industry. These products and services are the primary product of
the IT industry. But they are *used* in many other industries.

The fact that a computer is used in a bank, or that the bank may develop
software for its own use does not mean a bank or its employees are part of
the IT industry. Computers and software are not the primary products and
services of a bank.

What you do as a profession and what industry you happen to be working in
are two different things. I'm a tech writer. I happen to be working for an
Engineering firm, so that's the industry I'm working in. It isn't my job
description, but it's where I work. One is *what* I do and the other is
*where* I do it.

Before this, I was a tech writer in the Financial Services industry. Before
that, I was in several other industries. Including the IT industry on a
couple of occasions. But I was always a tech writer. And there were always
software developers and network engineers and what-have-you working with me
in those industries, too.

The same applies to just about any other profession you can name whose
members have a skill that is needed in multiple industries.

Industry. Profession. Two different things.
Mike West


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