RE: What's a "documentation specialist", as opposed to a writer?

Subject: RE: What's a "documentation specialist", as opposed to a writer?
From: Dori Green <dorigreen00 -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 2008 13:03:42 -0500

In my experience it's been the same job with a difference of $10-$20K in the pay rate. On the lower side when the title is "Doc Spec".

And in the old days just to add insult to injury, a writer was male and a "documentation specialist" did the same work and had the same training but was female and ran the photocopier in addition to her other duties. But of course that never happens any more.

Dori "I am not neither bitter" Green
Ancient and Wicked Technical Writer

I do admit that in this economy it might be better to be a working DocSpec than a starving TW. I might apply for a DocSpec position and ask for the TW title if the job description warrants, and we would refer to the BLS TW listing to establish the rate range. If the job otherwise appeals, I would not let title -- or pay -- be a stopper.
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