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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780658002076
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 4/1/2000
  • Series: Opportunities In...Series
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 7.93 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Authors v
Foreword vii
1. The Field of Technical Writing 1
How the need for technical writers arose
What is technical writing?
Sharing your knowledge
Making a name for yourself
Job titles for technical writers
Technical writing fields
The disastrous effects of bad technical writing
Examples of good technical writing
Where to find jobs
Qualities necessary for success
Problems of the technical writer
2. Training for Technical Writers 21
The background you'll need
Courses in technical writing
Choosing the right program
Sample programs
How to apply to university programs
In-company training
Short-term courses
On-line programs
What the professionals have to say
Words of advice
Educational costs
3. Getting Started 55
Employment outlook
Finding more information
Research the jobs
Sample job advertisements
Letter of application
Resume
Salaries
4. The Job of the Technical Writer 64
The technical press
Promotional writing
Technical advertising
News releases
Public relations
Instruction manuals
Proposals
Research and development
Government-sponsored activities
Trade journals and house organs
Special projects
Technical reports
Audiovisual scriptwriting
Technical translation
Document coordination
Technical editors
Sample job advertisements
Large companies vs. small companies
Advancing on the job
Teamwork in technical writing
5. Employers of Technical Writers 99
Industrial companies
Research groups
Government agencies
Journals and magazines
Support companies
Higher education
Teaching technical writing
Consulting and freelance writing
Summer employment
Working overseas
6. Related Fields 120
The aims of medical writing
Medical writing
Business writing
7. Recent Developments 128
Trends in professional education
Global information
Word processing and e-mail
Machine translation
Graphics and multimedia
Film and video scripting
The computer and documentation
Some success stories
A continued need
Appendix A Professional Associations 137
Appendix B Recommended References 147
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