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Subject:Re: Gender and Tech Writing From:Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- AXIONET -dot- COM> Date:Sun, 28 Jun 1998 18:31:08 -0400
Re: Gender and Tech Writing (Any info on Toronto?)
Fri, 26 Jun 1998 15:33:33 -0400
Laurie Little <llittle -at- IDIRECT -dot- COM>
Check out the Toronto chapter website job bank -- many list rates
(contract and permanent), and after watching for a while you can get a
fairly good idea of the local market. http://www.myna.com/torontostc/
> I'm looking for entry-level technical writing work and I would like to
> extend my search to Toronto, but I haven't a clue what the salary
> range is, male or female.
Last years' STC Salary Survey, but last years' suggested that
was one of the few careers in which a gender gap didn't exist, at least
I don't place much faith in the survey overall, but that's also true in
Why that should be, I don't know. Maybe it's because the boom in
is fairly recent, so the old boy's net isn't very large.
Or maybe it's because, in our culture, women tend to have greater verbal
skills. I do know that, when I was teaching at university (and marking
blind, to avoid biases) that, among outstanding students, women tended
outnumber men by a ration of about 3 to 1. I notice about the same ratio
among working tech-writers, too.
Of course, the cynical side me wonders if tech-writing wouldn't pay more
it was considered a male job, but the idealistic side of me is rather
to be in such a progressive profession.
Bruce Byfield, Outlaw Communications
Co-ordinator ,Vancouver Technical Communicators' Co-op List
Vancouver, BC, Canada
(604) 421-7189 or 687-2133
bbyfield -at- axionet,com or bruce -at- dataphile-ca -dot- com
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