Re: 12 High-Paying Jobs For People Who Don't Like Math

Subject: Re: 12 High-Paying Jobs For People Who Don't Like Math
From: Keith Hood <bus -dot- write -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: shawn -at- cohodata -dot- com
Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2014 18:35:46 -0500

My experience is very similar to Shawn's. In every job I've ever had, math
has always been an extremely *tiny* part of the work. Every now and then I
may need to check formulae, like in an installation guide where it shows
how to calculate the amount of disk space needed for a software package and
the log files that are produced during operation. I've never worked on
anything involving aircraft, space, flight, or ballistics. I've also never
had to work with engineering analyses.


On Mon, Mar 10, 2014 at 1:36 PM, Shawn <shawn -at- cohodata -dot- com> wrote:

> I think there is some confusion about what tech writing is all about.
>
> Tech writing and tech writers are as diverse as the whole field of writing.
> My experiences:
> - Documentation where my sole responsibility was to describe products,
> their actions, and customer interactions. Absolutely no math required.
> - Documentation which was simply a 'prettier' regurgitation of engineer's
> writing. Absolutely no math required.
> - For a while I worked for a statistical software company. In order to
> write up valid exercises, I did require rudimentary knowledge in stats
> (first time this part of my university education was recalled). Some stats
> math was required.
> - My current tech writing job is more do-it-yourself work where I am
> responsible for interpreting technical notes and self-discovering the
> equipment and software. Some general arithmetic/math is helpful.
> BTW, I was hired for my current position mainly because I have a highly
> technical background.
>
> So, to claim that tech writers require or do not require math is quite a
> generalization because this field is quite diverse. However, there are
> commonalities such as... we are all creative, problem solvers with an
> interest in taking something relatively complex and breaking it down,
> organizing the information, and making it easy to understand to different
> target audiences. Oh yes, we enjoy writing! That is essential! :)
>
>
>
>
>
>
> On Tue, Dec 24, 2013 at 5:19 PM, Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com> wrote:
>
> > Where does one find the technical writing job where math isn't required?
> > I've never had one.
> >
> > Gene Kim-Eng
> >
> >
> >
> > On 12/24/2013 12:09 PM, Craig Cardimon wrote:
> >
> >> Interesting. Note Job #1.
> >>
> >> http://www.chron.com/jobs/article/12-High-Paying-Jobs-
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