Re: What *is* a documentation specialist?

Subject: Re: What *is* a documentation specialist?
From: Marguerite Krupp <mkrupp128 -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com, Mike Starr <mike -at- writestarr -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2010 09:46:42 -0800 (PST)

Gene and others are right about the ambiguity of the job title. In some companies, a "documentation specialist" is equivalent to a "systems analyst" in engineering; in others, it's the person who maintains the specs, etc.
 
The funny thing is, companies where I've worked that used the latter definition tended to refer to a tech writer's output as "literature." <G>
 
Marguerite


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From: Mike Starr <mike -at- writestarr -dot- com>
Subject: Re: What *is* a documentation specialist?
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Monday, February 1, 2010, 12:03 PM


I think the most common usage of "documentation specialist" applies to the person in the mortgage loan process who makes sure that all of the required documents have been completed/obtained and are in the applicant's file.
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Gene Kim-Eng wrote:
> I have seen this title used to describe:
>
> 1.  Technical writers
> 2.  Technical writers who will need to be one-person publications groups
> 3.  Document production and release support positions
> 4.  Admins who also do DTP
>
> IOW, it's pretty much a meaningles title and you have to read the job
> description in detail.
>
> Gene Kim-Eng
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