Re: ghost town

Subject: Re: ghost town
From: "William Sherman" <bsherman77 -at- embarqmail -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:49:56 -0500

I'd say it isn't a trade since trades tend to be blue collar. They usually lend themselves to union membership in some locations. Of course that said, I remember years ago that the technical writers at Electric Boat in CT were union members. And many tech writers in the '70s and '80s really did learn it more on an apprenticeship-type basis by learning from the older guys in the company than any other means, just like many trades did.

It's a career if you want it to be. I have known tech writers who began in their 20s and retired, always being a tech writer.

I'd say since a degree is offered in it, then it is a profession, as you can go to school to learn it and be degreed in it, and thus work your entire life in it with it as your initial goal.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Cardimon, Craig" <ccardimon -at- M-S-G -dot- com>
To: "'McLauchlan, Kevin'" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>; <Brian -dot- Henderson -at- mitchell1 -dot- com>; <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Sent: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 3:50 PM
Subject: RE: ghost town

Ours is a delightfully fluid trade/profession/career.

Here's a question for you: How would you describe the occupation of technical writing, as a trade, career, profession, or all three?

There's an idea out there that it isn't a profession, because people tend to fall into it.


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