Has technical writing fallen from grace?

Subject: Has technical writing fallen from grace?
From: Craig Cardimon <craig -dot- cardimon -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:47:51 -0400

When I first started technical writing as a career back in 2006, I saw it listed in all the "Best Careers," "High Paying Careers," and "Best Work From Home Jobs" lists from AOL Jobs and USA Today Careers.

It fell down one list from number 15 to something like 35, and finally off the "Top 50" list altogether.

Many people who described themselves as "technical writers" when I started and had blogs seemed to migrate into business analysis or elsewhere and either killed their old blogs or started writing about other things.

Does technical writing have a burn-out period no one talks about?

Or is technical writing so limiting as a career that in order to continue to grow as people we have no choice but to leave technical writing behind?

I'm wondering what's going on.

Opinions?
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Craig Cardimon
"The Duct Tape Tech Writer"
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