Re: Economist magazine points to decline of tech writing

Subject: Re: Economist magazine points to decline of tech writing
From: Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
To: techwr-l <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 2 Jan 2015 10:19:13 -0800

Ah, if you click the Details tab, you see where the academics got
their garbage numbers:

http://www.onetonline.org/link/details/27-3042.00

The second-most-important item on the task list is "Maintain records
and files of work and revisions," which at least for me was automated
years ago.

It reads like a job that's mostly editing other people's work with a
lot of computerizable clerical activities. There were jobs like that
during the dot-com boom but I think most of those people have been
shaken out of the profession.

On Fri, Jan 2, 2015 at 8:55 AM, Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com> wrote:
> Here's the entry for technical writers from O*NET, which provided the
> bulk of the data for the study's algorithm:
>
> http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/27-3042.00
>
> The Tasks section includes mostly things I never do ("arrange for
> typing"?) and is missing the core tasks I spend most of my time on.
>
> Garbage in, garbage out.
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