Re: Resolved: Technical communicators can create information

Subject: Re: Resolved: Technical communicators can create information
From: "Gene Kim-Eng" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 15 Jun 2010 07:31:51 -0700

Technical writer employment fell during the post-dotcom slump of 2000-2004, rose
during the defense/construction buildup of 2003-2005, then fell again during the
defense/construction slump of 2005-2006. The cause of the falls is closely tied
to the collapse of industries that would't have been built up in the first place
if not for rampant speculation and/or deliberate government pumping-up, and in
the case of the dotcom, the build-up was so drastic that it resulted in an
influx of people into the field who probably shouldn't have been in it in the
first place. Attributing the drops to offshoring is a big reach, and this chart
doesn't have any corresponding figures for world-wide tech writer employment
that might support the argument.

The big mystery to me is what made the numbers turn upward again in 2006-2007,
and where it's happening. I certainly haven't seen anything on the ground here,
either as a hiring manager or as a jobseeker, that reflects this.

Gene Kim-Eng


----- Original Message -----
From: "Dan Goldstein" <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Sent: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 5:47 AM
Subject: RE: Resolved: Technical communicators can create information


> ... and then went back up, and now _exceeds_ its previous,
> post-bubble-burst number.
>
> Fred asked for stats -- Bill doesn't think they exist -- but they do:
> http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=technical+writer
>
> The page displays wage history by default. To display employment
> numbers, click "Show employment history."
>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Keith Hood
>> Sent: Monday, June 14, 2010 11:11 PM
>> To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com; Dan Goldstein
>> Subject: RE: Resolved: Technical communicators can create information
>>
>> Perhaps so. But at the same time the number of people
>> employed in this country as tech writers decreased
>> drastically because of offshoring.
>>
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RE: Resolved: Technical communicators can create information: From: Dan Goldstein
RE: Resolved: Technical communicators can create information: From: Keith Hood
RE: Resolved: Technical communicators can create information: From: Dan Goldstein

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