Re: Houston Area Jobs

Subject: Re: Houston Area Jobs
From: "Wing, Michael J" <mjwing -at- INGR -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 9 Dec 1996 18:03:48 -0600

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>From: Robin McCloud[SMTP:robin -at- WAYPT -dot- COM]
>Sent: Monday, December 09, 1996 5:42 PM
>To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
>Subject: Re: Houston Area Jobs

>Dave Locke said:

>Look somebody GAVE you your first TW job. The day is coming real soon where
>you won't be able to get a job without a TW degree. And, guess what you
>would be out of luck.
>-----
>This is a very microscopic view of our profession, IMHO.

I also agree that it is a microscopic view. I'll also add that it is a
non-substantiated view, maybe even self-serving.

It would be interesting, though, if a TW degree had been required since
the profession started. I worked in a department of 28 about 5 years
ago (writers, graphic artists, and managers). In this department I knew
of:

3 writers with a degree in Education
2 ex-musicians, one a former college music professor
1 writer with a degree in Mathematics
2 writers with a degree in Business
4 or 5 writers with a degree in English
1 writer with a degree in Geology
1 writer with a degree in Geography
2 writers with a degree in Communications (not Technical Writing)
1 writer with a degree in Electrical Engineering
1 writer with a degree in foreign languages

I have since been in or affiliated with several other writing
departments (from 8 to 32 members). I can't think of more than 4 people
with a TW degree. I have, however, come across writers who in their
last jobs were:

Programmers
Secretaries
Trainers
Testers
Sales/Marketing
Geologists
Cartographers
Mechanical Designers/Architectural Engineers
and one former FBI agent

Mike

_____________________________________________
| Michael Wing
| Principal Technical Writer
| Infrastructure Technical Information Development
| http://www.ingr.com/iss/products/mapping/
| Intergraph Corporation
| Huntsville, Alabama
| (205) 730-7250
| mjwing -at- ingr -dot- com


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