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In a message dated 97-10-28 14:19:55 EST, you write:
<< In my experience, the degrees which correlate well to success as a tech
writer are history, theology, psychology, and sociology. Those which
correlate least are English and technical writing. >>
You may be missing some good people who knew what they wanted to do, so took
English or tech writing as a major, but took as many off-subject electives as
they could to broaden their knowledge.