Re: "Surviving the Dying Career of Technical Writing"

Subject: Re: "Surviving the Dying Career of Technical Writing"
From: Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: Lauren <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net>, techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Mon, 21 Mar 2016 15:57:12 -0700

Remember the 90s, when it was really easy for anyone who could string words together into a halfway coherent paragraph to get a job as a tech writer and have developers throw stuff over a wall to be formatted and edited? We often called them "glorified secretaries," before we stopped using "secretary" altogether.

Most of those non-technical writer jobs went away at the end of the decade, but they didn't go extinct; they were offshored to India. Those who remained in the field in the US found themselves called upon to have more domain knowledge in order to stay marketable.

In the past decade or so a lot of design and development has been offshored as well, and this has led to those non-technical writing jobs being squeezed out there as well. Not sure if they're finally biting the dust, or if the Indians have offshored them to someplace like Romania.

Gene Kim-Eng


On 3/21/2016 12:33 PM, Lauren wrote:

That was my first impression. More job postings are looking for local candidates with strong English skills. I think that the Indian dominance that has been present in IT for a few years may start to wane.

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"Surviving the Dying Career of Technical Writing": From: Cardimon, Craig
RE: "Surviving the Dying Career of Technical Writing": From: Dan Goldstein
Re: "Surviving the Dying Career of Technical Writing": From: Lauren

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