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I graduated from college last year, and I had no intention of becoming a
technical writer. I majored in Journalism and through the luck of the
draw, I interviewed here and got the job.
I would have to say no, not many people are aware of the profession. I
went to two different schools, and there was no such thing as a
"technical writing" course or anything like that at all. It would be my
opinion that tech writing sounds boring to a college student; hell, when
I tell people what I do, they're like "oh," like I have some sort of
disease or what I do sounds REALLY boring.
So that's one man's opinion. Take care.
Ed in NJ 8)