In this podcast, we look at the job of a Technical Author/Technical Communicator, and how you can start your career.
It’s been a while since our last survey of technical communicator salaries. So we thought it was time we conducted a new one.
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The questions will help us learn if salary levels correlate to factors such as age, gender, education, or levels of seniority.
We’ll publish the results on this blog.
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As a technical communicator, sometimes it can be hard to explain to others what it is you do. In the olden days, it was simpler: you could say you wrote manuals. Then, in more recent times, you could say you wrote online Help and manuals.
Today, there can be uncertainty of what is and isn’t technical communication. It can be unclear if certain deliverables should be created by a technical communicator or by someone else. For example, if content moves from a Help page to an onboarding screen, is it still technical communication? If the text moves into the interface, should the technical communicator create it? Are walkthrough videos a function of training or technical communication?
Continue reading “What is technical communication, actually?”
For the ISTC’s YouTube Channel, Ellis Pratt (Cherryleaf) is interviewing a number of technical communicators.
Here is Adrian Warman (IBM Cloudant):
Here is Brian Harris (Red Gate Software):
There’ll be more interviews in the coming weeks.
We’re planning to carry out a number of videoed interviews with a range of Technical Authors this week. This is to help promote the profession. We’ll be asking questions such as what their role is inside their companies, and how they became a Technical Author.
The videos will be uploaded to the YouTube Channel for the Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators, once we’ve edited and published them.
One of the most common questions we’re asked is how to become a Technical Author.
We have an ebook on becoming a Technical Author that addresses this in detail, but let’s provide some general advice by looking at what you should consider when writing your CV.
The demand for API documentation writers continues to increase, and we have a new vacancy for a contract API documentation writer on our books. In this case, you need to have a background in/a good understanding of the C programming language.
We may have another requirement for a similar person, again working from home, coming up very soon. If you’d like to be informed of this and other similar vacancies, simply register with Cherryleaf’s Recruitment team.
One of the most successful software companies in Cambridge is looking to recruit a Technical Author to join its team. The company has grown rapidly over recent years, based on a philosophy of hiring great people, providing an enjoyable working culture and environment, and building great products.
For more information, see #4137 Technical Author, Cambridge, £28K-£40K DOE