Re: More Low Paying Jobs

Subject: Re: More Low Paying Jobs
From: "Peter Neilson" <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Fri, 09 Mar 2012 15:45:39 -0500

On Fri, 09 Mar 2012 15:12:50 -0500, Dan Goldstein <DGoldstein -at- riveraintech -dot- com> wrote:

I still don't see how a company could pass regulatory on digital avionic
products with an inexperienced technical editor. Unless... Is this
actually an editorial assistant to the real TW, who has the requisite
knowledge? If it's an apprenticeship, then the hourly wage makes sense.

Of course! It's not an apprenticeship, because it's only a few months. Instead it's a >>technical typist<< shoehorned into a fancier job title. They probably need someone who can transcribe printed docs, or who can proofread stuff that's been badly ocr-ified. Should also be able to make coffee without scalding herself, and watch the boss's child on occasion.

Military, aviation, etc. used to have a lot of people in this sort of category, called secretaries, typists, filing clerks. Nearly all were poorly paid and nearly all were female.

Underneath the glamor of the job title there is the understanding that this person will have zero opportunity to screw things up by changing even one word of text without approval.

I've known people who have held these jobs, and who seethed as they saw technically inaccurate material pass through as they reformatted it, having no authority even to mention the error to anyone who could fix it!

There is another possibility--the job is advertised badly so that it can be filled internally. They have someone picked out already, but have to advertise outside. They want to spend as little time as possible wading through applicants who might actually be qualified.

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