Technical writing for a physicist?
October 24, 2012 5:42 AM Subscribe
I might be hired as a technical writer soon. I'm not sure this would be the right job for me. I need some advice.
posted by Fillus to work & money (9 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
In the following day I might be offered a job as a technical writer from a big high-tech company. However, I'm not entirely sure that I'm going to accept it. There are several reasons for that:
1) I have a Master's degree in theoretical physics. I've read on several websites that only a minority of technical writers have a technical background like mine. Coming from such a background, I'm not sure the job would be intellectually satisfying.
2) I don't really know what the job is. It's really hard to determine if I'm going to appreciate the job before I actually start doing it every day.
3) It's a long-term commitment. They are looking for someone who would be willing to stay 4 or 5 years at least, because the training period is quite long. Of course, this is not the army and I could always quit whenever I feel like it, but ethically it just wouldn't be right to accept the job and plan in advance to leave after two years.
4) What kind of career can I expect? I have the impression that technical writers stay technical writers. Furthermore, I'm not an English native speaker and this might put me at a disadvantage in the job market, even with a good experience in technical writing.
So, as you can see I'm a bit hesitant. If someone could give me some advice, I would very much appreciate it.
Thanks a lot! :-)
(Don't hesitate to correct my mistakes!)