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Subject:Re: tech writing and presentations From:Chris Hamilton <chamilton -at- GR -dot- COM> Date:Wed, 19 Mar 1997 12:00:08 -0600
Barry Kieffer wrote:
> The pay in this field varies. Most trainers I know
> make good money. Starting salary on the East and
> West coast is around $30-35,000 minimum, and can
> climb quickly. Most companies treat trainers as real
> assets, and are liberal in travel expences. Actual
> salary in most cases exceeds $50,000 easy.
As a former trainer, I can attest that while what Barry says is not
wrong, it's not completely right, either. If you're going around doing
UNIX or Java classes for a higher-tech company and you're good at it,
you're going to make that kind of money and have that kind of worth to
If you're teaching Intro to Windows to mid-level bureaucrats, you might
not. It really depends on what and where you're teaching. But either
way, the teaching experience is definitely an asset to you as a writer.
After you've been in a class instructing end users, it becomes a lot
easier for you to enter their mind-frame when you're writing (it does
for me, anyway). It also forces you to be able to get up in front of a
group of people and be able to carry off a presentation with grace and
(at least faked) confidence.
As for the original question: I'd say there are a lot of jobs in which
presentation is a part of it all and a lot of jobs where it isn't. I've
done both. I just never hurts to be able to do it.
Chris Hamilton, Technical Writer
Greenbrier & Russel
"The essence of greatness is the preception that virtue is enough." --
Ralph Waldo Emerson