RE: Help with job titles, pleaes

Subject: RE: Help with job titles, pleaes
From: "Connie Giordano" <connie -at- therightwordz -dot- com>
To: "'Evelyn Lee Barney'" <evbarney -at- comcast -dot- net>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2009 13:52:47 -0500

Job titles I have held in my technical communications career:

Business Analyst/Senior Business Analyst
Documentation Specialist
Documentation Lead
Knowledge Manager
Information Designer
Technical Writer (Senior too)
Documentation Manager
Documentation Analyst
Technical Editor
Communications Specialist
Information Architect

The most fun development teams also came up with their own titles:
Documentation Diva, Mayor of Docoville, Wearer of Many Hats, She Who Must Be
Obeyed (my personal favorite!)

Until I went out on my own, I worked for several small companies and a few
really large ones. I have always believed in being proactive, so my role
would grow with the needs I saw and responded to. Over the years I've
written countless manuals, designed user interfaces, facilitated design and
requirements sessions, developed marketing collateral, created proposals and
sales presentations, drafted SLAs, produced graphics galore, designed
templates, compiled style guides, created standards for hiring writers and
metrics for performance management, developed document repositories,
designed and built websites and help systems, written and edited policy and
procedures, performed process and gap analysis, written reports and
recommendations, trained software users, built demos and software
simulations, tested software, performed usability testing, and created and
executed documentation, communications and PR plans.

And in all that time, with all those titles and all those roles, I've never
once used Framemaker... how did that happen? :-)

Hope it helps!

Connie Giordano


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Subject: Help with job titles, pleaes



I am in the midst of writing a grant proposal for further training in
the technical communication field. Since the people reading the grant
are most familiar with the very old definition of "technical writer"
from the DOL:

/"Write technical materials, such as equipment manuals, appendices, or /

/operating and maintenance instructions. May assist in layout work."/


I've been asked to research and write a description of the field as it
actually is, including the technical and design skills often required.

I have cited Susan Burton's publication: "Technical Writing vs.
Technical Communication" along with the new, proposed description. What
I would like from you is help with a list of job titles and roles that
fall under the TC umbrella. e.g.: Information Designer, Instructional
Designer, Web Developer, and so on.

Any ideas you have would be welcome.

Thank you,

Ev Barney
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