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Techcomm Careers October 2014 Update

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Techcomm Careers October 2014 Update

  1. 1. Careers in Technical Communication Presentation for Dr. Liz Angeli’s Classes Towson University, October 2014 Presented by Carolyn Klinger
  2. 2. Agenda  Techcomm definition  Career security  Paths to careers in techcomm  Society for Technical Communication
  3. 3. Technical Communication is… Contributing to business goals by designing and enhancing internal communications and by reusing content in cost-effective ways.
  4. 4. Technical Communication also is… Communicating about technical or specialized topics by using technology, including emerging new media
  5. 5. STC Body of Knowledge Go to the STC collaboration site at http://stcbok.editme.com to learn, contribute, and add to your online portfolio.
  6. 6. Techcomm is Interdisciplinary
  7. 7. Disciplines • Technical writing & editing • Content strategy • Information architecture • Advertising & marketing communication • Science writing (and “ghost writing”) • Medical writing • Work for nonprofit organizations (grant proposals, etc.) • Usability and accessibility • Instructional design • Indexing
  8. 8. Technical Writing & Editing • Hardware and software documentation • Policies and procedures • White papers • Textbooks • Proposals • Marketing materials • Video scripts • Magazine articles • Copy editing for publishers
  9. 9. Medical Writing • Editing or ghost-writing articles for medical journals • Patient-oriented websites • Flyers describing illnesses and treatments, for doctors’ offices • Medical transcription • Instructions for prescription medication • Marketing materials and web sites • Instructions for using medical devices such as X-ray machines • Biotech
  10. 10. Work for Nonprofit Organizations • Grant proposals • Fund-raising collaterals • Literature for clients of the nonprofit groups • Web site design, content, and maintenance
  11. 11. Advertising & Marketing Communications • Advertising – Print – Radio – TV – Billboards – Web sites – Social media • Marketing collateral – Brochures – Flyers – Fact sheets – Trade show graphics – Narrated video – Web sites
  12. 12. Career Security • Job market for techcomm is huge • Technology is always a growth market • Smart companies know that their communication with their customers can make or break them
  13. 13. Tech Writing is One of the Best Jobs in America http://money.cnn.com/pf/best-jobs/2013/snapshots/86.html
  14. 14. BLS Tracks Salary and Outlook http://www.bls.gov/ooh/media-and-communication/technical-writers.htm
  15. 15. Tech Writing Employment is Growing
  16. 16. Growing Job Market States with the most high tech and industry jobs have the most techcommjobs There are 46,100+ technical writers in the U.S.! (according to the 2012-2013 STC Salary Database)
  17. 17. Annual STC Salary Database Data are from the 2012-2013 STC Salary Database
  18. 18. Data are from the 2012-2013 STC Salary Database, which is drawn from data reported by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics
  19. 19. Local Industries • Biotech/Medical/Science • Computer hardware • Computer software • Computer networking and security • Consumer products • Telecommunications • Finance • Academia • Government/Defense/Aerospace • Nonprofit organizations
  20. 20. Local Jobs from jobs.stcwdc.org .
  21. 21. Paths to Careers in Techcomm
  22. 22. Develop Core Skills • Writing accurately • Writing clearly • Writing concisely • Writing coherently • Writing creatively • Tapping diverse media • Crossing boundaries and cultures
  23. 23. On-the-Job Training
  24. 24. Degree Programs • B.A. in techcomm • M.A. in techcomm • Ph.D. in techcomm • Undergraduate minor in techcomm • A certificate based on a given number of courses in techcomm
  25. 25. Joining STC
  26. 26. Benefits of Membership • Affiliation (geographic or virtual) with an STC student chapter • Affiliation (geographic or virtual) with an STC geographic chapter • Affiliation with one STC special interest group (SIG) • Access to salary scales, job listings, and other valuable intellectual property on the international STC web site • Opportunities to expand your network and build skills through volunteering
  27. 27. Benefits of Membership (Cont.) • Eligibility for STC student mentoring programs • Professional networking • Online access to industry-leading professional publications • Reduced rates for STC conferences, webinars (plus free webinars), and certification in technical communication
  28. 28. Membership Levels Student $75/year New Technical Communicator $160/year Classic $225/year
  29. 29. Your Local Chapter is wdcb.stcwdc.org
  30. 30. Thank You! • Contact me: • @cklinger • carolyn.klinger@verizon.net

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