Re: A Technical Writer by Any Other Name

Subject: Re: A Technical Writer by Any Other Name
From: Melissa Hunter-Kilmer <mhunterk -at- BNA -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Jan 1997 09:13:35 EST

On Wed, 15 Jan 1997, Robert Plamondon <robert -at- PLAMONDON -dot- COM> wrote:

> I've gained the impression that big fluffy titles are often used to
> mask low status. In particular, "Specialist" is often used to
> mean "technician" or "someone whose last title was 'secretary.'"
> Thus, a title like "Technical Documentation Specialist" implies
> "word processor" or "secretary to the writing manager" to me.

Often, but not always. My title is Documentation Specialist. I'm at the same
grade level as reporters and some copyeditors at my firm. That's four to five
grades above secretaries. -- And yes, I do write.

Melissa Hunter-Kilmer
mhunterk -at- bna -dot- com
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