Re: Job Advertisements

Subject: Re: Job Advertisements
From: Marilyn Gelman <gelman -at- SUN490 -dot- FDU -dot- EDU>
Date: Thu, 8 Sep 1994 03:41:19 GMT

For a grad school project, I looked at the jobs on (USENET).

Between February 1994 and April 1994, 40 of the 3000+ jobs were for tech writers

Only seven posts contained salary ranges; only seven mentioned a benefit


The job posters wanted technologically sophisticated, experienced people who
know many software tools, some C or C++ programming, and the telephony,
networking, and switching areas. 25% of the posters wanted knowledge of more
than one software tool; 15% wanted people with engineering/programming
backgrounds or knowledge of servers, bridges, UNIX tools.

Two posters wanted tech writing experience; four posts looked for programming
or documenting from C and C++ code. Three posters looked for a BA degree in
Tech Comm, English, or Journalism; nine posts called for the BS degree.

Personal qualifications, mentioned in only four ads, include: interpersonal
skills, able to work on a team, general management and leadership skills,
persuasive, productive.

There were 156 other qualifications in 86 categories that 28%
of the posters mentioned (multimedia, online help, publications, user interface,
writing, etc.)


Manuals: 19% of the posts. Installation, operation, and user manuals were
mentioned most; reference and programmer reference manuals followed.

For Tech: 15% of the posts. The range of activities to support engineers and
programmers included: read code, maintain programmer documentation, work from
specifications, document system administration.

Customer Support: 7% (help desk, training materials, train end-users).

Corporate Writing: 6% (proposals, newsletters, procedures, policies).

Management: 5% (organize, oversee, lead).

Other: 47% of posts mentioned 97 items in 60 categories, including
administrative, color work, online documents, and screen design.


Of the 24 job titles mentioned, 11 posters advertised for technical writers.
Other titles included Techno Poet, UNIX Technical Writer, Technical Writer/


Most of the jobs were located on the West Coast; the second most popular area
was the Southeastern US.

Marilyn Gelman
living in northern New Jersey and will be happy to see NJ job posts here after
recovery from auto accident.

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