Re: Tech writer career path

Subject: Re: Tech writer career path
From: "Monique Semp" <monique -dot- semp -at- earthlink -dot- net>
To: "TechWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2017 10:24:36 -0700

It does seem to be true that *generally* there isn't really a "career path" for tech writers. When I first switched to tech writing (after a dozen+ years in my first career), my manager-to-be made it clear during the interview process that if I expected to advance into management, tech writing wasn't a good path. That was fine with me because I didn't (and still don't) want to be in management.

But... I don't see why it should be any different for a tech writer to advance in a managerial track than it would be for a software developer? Engineers are promoted all the time to positions in which they'll be focusing on "manager things", not on the senior/design/architect tasks of a Principal Engineer. And likewise for a typical engineer-to-product shift.

I do know of a few companies (such as Salesforce.com) that have career paths similar to developers', including the title of Principal Tech Writer. And it's expected that the Principal Writer have broad influence over teams and products, just as a Principal Engineer does.

Just some musings,
-Monique
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