Re: "Tech comm trends: Providing value as a generalist in a sea of specialists (Part I)"

Subject: Re: "Tech comm trends: Providing value as a generalist in a sea of specialists (Part I)"
From: Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: techwr-l <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 4 Oct 2018 14:48:41 -0700

There have always been a lot more "specialist" writers than you might
think there are from attending STC chapter meetings and conferences,
because writers with "specialty" technical backgrounds - the ones who
started out as engineers, technicians, chemists, etc. and then evolved
into writers and editors in their fields - tend to spend most of their
socializing and forum posting time talking to other people with the
same technical backgrounds, i.e., people in biotech and "pure science"
research gravitate toward NASW, medical toward AMWA, and there's a
professional society for every flavor of engineering there is that has
a niche for those who support their writing and editing needs.

Those places are also where the jobs with the most highly technical
candidate requirements are often posted, in case you're wondering why
you don't see many ads on STC or TECHWR-L for writers with experience
documenting things like gas chromatography mass spectrometers or
plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition systems.

Gene Kim-Eng

On Thu, Oct 4, 2018 at 12:05 PM Cardimon, Craig <ccardimon -at- m-s-g -dot- com> wrote:
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> This is from Tom Johnson's idratherbewriting.com site.
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> I quote Tom directly here:
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> "Technical writing jobs have shifted more from the end-user domain to the developer domain. This creates challenges because most technical writers are generalists, not specialists, when it comes to technology they document. In these specialist contexts, technical writers can add value by focusing on authoring/publishing processes and tools, knowledge of the user experience, and information usability."
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> https://idratherbewriting.com/2018/10/02/providing-value-as-generalists-in-specialist-contexts-part-1/
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> The link to Part II follows the body of the piece.
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> And no, I have not been hacked.
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> Cordially,
> Craig Cardimon | Senior Technical Writer
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