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: Shawn <shawn -at- cohodata -dot- com>
To: Keith Hood <bus -dot- write -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2014 17:08:37 -0700

>I've never worked on anything involving aircraft, space, flight, or
ballistics.

And in situations like that, it is *never* the tech writer's job to confirm
the math or other values for accuracy. The SMEs should be the only people
to sign-off copy.


On Mon, Mar 10, 2014 at 4:35 PM, Keith Hood <bus -dot- write -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:

> 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-
>> >> For-People-Who-Don-t-Like-Math-5088181.php
>> >>
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