TechWhirl: Technical Communications Recap for April 27, 2012

Subject: TechWhirl: Technical Communications Recap for April 27, 2012
From: TechWhirl Admin <admin -at- techwhirl -dot- com>
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Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2012 10:57:33 -0400

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In honor of National Passive Voice
Day<http://blogs.gnome.org/shaunm/2012/04/25/passive-voice-day-2012/>
:



A conflict has appeared concerning career prospects for technical writers.
It was reported in the US Occupational Outlook
Handbook<http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Media-and-Communication/Technical-writers.htm>that
job growth will occur in the 16 percent range and is considered high
growth. Information was published by Careercast (publicizing was done
by Gurpreet
Singh<http://technicalwritingtoolbox.com/2012/04/22/technical-writing-the-37th-best-job-in-2012/>)
showing growth in technical writing will be poor, on par with
mathematicians and statisticians. In addition, a drop has occurred in the
ranking of technical writing as a career from 26 to 37. A reason for this
conflict has not been determined, but research should be done.



Discussions on moving into related careers are happening in technical
writing this week, which indicates that tech writing skills are highly
transferrable. Satisfaction is elusive unless goals are clarified and
actions are taken. However, this knowledge is known by many in our
community because of sharing. Insight can be gained from the email
discussion list, and a range of excellent technical communication blogs.
And it is to be believed that growth in our community can be had from
exploration in these related fields.



Thanks are given to Larry
Kunz<http://www.sdicorp.com/Resources/Blog/tabid/77/articleType/AuthorView/authorID/24/lkunz.aspx>for
alerting us to this important holiday.



The weekend is to be enjoyed.

-The gang at TechWhirl
In Case You Missed it: This Week @ TechWhirl

*New features and articles on http://TechWhirl.com <http://techwhirl.com/>**
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- Tech Writer This Week for April 26, 2012, by Craig Cardimon |
http://bit.ly/IbMosi
- The Global Content Value Chain: Technical Communication Perspective,
Interview with Dmitri Ragano, by Al Martine| http://bit.ly/JpAFp9
- Technical Writing: Best Writer Resources – Poll Question |
http://bit.ly/IAuGOG
- Enhancing Online Help with MadPak Suite Components, by Julie Grady |
http://bit.ly/JpqJ3F



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- Siemens PLM Introduces Teamcenter 9 for Product Lifecycle Management|
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