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A Technical Writer with Extra Privileges? Responding to a Question about Roles (Videocast)

by Tom Johnson on Jan 15, 2009 •
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Jim from Iowa writes:

I was doing some career research involving technical writing and stumbled upon your website.  I had a question about that sort of thing, and you seem like a good person to ask. To be frank, I have two main interests--writing and technology.  I love to read and write, but I also love engineering, working with computers, etc.  So, I guess at this point, one would say technical writing is the logical career choice.  Yeah ... but I'm not sure if that would satisfy my tech cravings.  I realize you've mentioned things along this line in your previous posts.  But let me explain a little further ....

Let's say I get schooling in engineering and, say, English.  Would I be able to be a technical writer who also had some extra privileges?  And by that I mean helping with the design process, helping with whatever problem is trying to be solved or whatever item is trying to be created, etc.  What do you think?
Thanks,
Jim

Thanks for submitting your question, Jim. I responded in a videocast below.

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