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I am a "practicing professional". I agree that technical communication
includes many areas that are not that "technical". I would rather use
a book on hand-raising exotic birds written by a tech writer with good
resources than one written by a breeder who couldn't organize information
or express himself logically.
I write technical manuals in the software industry. My degree is in English.
I would venture to say that most senior and managing technical writers do
not have a degree specifically in technical writing. The degree itself is
too new for managers to have gotten a degree in tech writing and have put
in the years required to move up into management. However, I also have to
admit that now that we are thinking of expanding my one-person department, I
will be looking for someone with a degree in tech writing. I guess that
just shows how the expectations change for an entry-level person as the
career field itself changes.
P.S. I don't eat quiche.
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