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What is Technical Communication? And Why Should You Care?
What is Technical Communication? And Why Should You Care?
What is Technical Communication? And Why Should You Care?
What is Technical Communication? And Why Should You Care?
What is Technical Communication? And Why Should You Care?
What is Technical Communication? And Why Should You Care?
What is Technical Communication? And Why Should You Care?
What is Technical Communication? And Why Should You Care?
What is Technical Communication? And Why Should You Care?
What is Technical Communication? And Why Should You Care?
What is Technical Communication? And Why Should You Care?
What is Technical Communication? And Why Should You Care?
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What is Technical Communication? And Why Should You Care?

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These slides were used in a presentation to an upper-level English class at Lander University. This presentation is intended to share the opportunities and benefits of considering a course in …

These slides were used in a presentation to an upper-level English class at Lander University. This presentation is intended to share the opportunities and benefits of considering a course in technical communications.

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  • The beauty of technical communications is that there is something for everyone. Some of my peers are extremely creative; some are more technical. Many are passionate about writing; others are passionate about their users; others are passionate about design.
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    • 1. What is Technical Communication? And why should you care? Jamie Gillenwater Writing in the Disciplines April 5, 2012 Lander University, Greenwood, SC
    • 2. Defining technical communicationTechnical communication is a broad field and includes any form ofcommunication that exhibits one or more of the following characteristics: Communicating about technical or specialized topics, such as computer applications, medical procedures, or environmental regulations. Communicating by using technology, such as web pages, help files, or social media sites. Providing instructions about how to do something, regardless of how technical the task is or even if technology is used to create or distribute that communication.The value that technical communicators deliver is twofold: They makeinformation more useable and accessible to those who need thatinformation, and in doing so, they advance the goals of the companies ororganizations that employ them. – Society for Technical Communication www.stc.org
    • 3. Based on Society for TechnicalCommunication LinkedIn group discussion
    • 4. Evolving technologies Single-sourcing documentation Globalization & translation management Mobile applications Collaboration tools “You must be comfortable with technology. You must be adaptable and willing to learn new tools.” – Andrea Wenger, Senior Technical Communicator
    • 5. Shifting roles & responsibilities Writing  Globalization & Editing localization Content strategy  Usability Information architecture  Design, including Indexing technical illustration & web design Instructional design  Training development & Technical illustrating presentation – Society for Technical Communication www.stc.org
    • 6. Why should you care? Helping others by making technology easier to use Constantly learning Generally good pay & benefits Opportunities to travel
    • 7. U.S. average salaries Salary Median Salary Compared to Job Title Guess Salary Range Tech Writer $53,070Writer/Author $ $53,070 86% $106,630In Advertising/PR $ $58,740 95%In Newspaper/Book $ $43,450 71%Publishing $28,090Editor $ $49,990 81% $95,490Teacher (Elementary- $30,970 $ $49,140 80%Secondary) $80,970Postsecondary $28,870 $ $58,830 95%Teacher $121,850 $36,500Technical Writer $ $61,620 100% $97,460 – Occupational Outlook Handbook, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
    • 8. How can you become a technicalcommunicator? Develop communication skills, not just writing skills Develop research skills, “Learn new which go beyond books & tools, new the internet, and often technologies, new include interview skills models, new ways of thinking.” Develop technical expertise – Alyssa Fox, & understanding Technical Communications Manager Develop design skills Join professional society Determine professional priorities
    • 9. How can you become a technicalcommunicator? Intern with a technical communicator, preferably in a company or department that focuses on technical communications Connect with mentors and professionals Volunteer to work on technical communication projects, such as newsletters & promotions Save all writing samples from coursework Be open to feedback
    • 10. How can you become a technicalcommunicator?
    • 11. Let’s discuss!
    • 12. Contact Jamie GillenwaterE-mail: jamie.gillenwater@gmail.comLinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/jamiegillenwaterTwitter: @j_gillenwaterCell Phone: 864.980.2521

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