Technical Writing offshoring and job security
June 10, 2014 5:51 PM Subscribe
Technical writers: please share your experiences with me regarding offshoring and job security. I am considering technical writing as a career change and want to determine if it would be a good move to enter this field. Details inside.
posted by glass.hourousha to Work & Money (6 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Recently, I’ve been researching technical writing as a change of career. I think I’d find the work doable, even enjoyable, given my background in nuclear power. I’m now investigating technical writing job security to determine if it would be a good move to enter this field. I want additional perspective to help decide if the negative blog posts and comments I’ve read on offshoring are representative, as I can be pessimistic and don’t want my biases to stop me from a good thing.
-- My questions –
1) Offshoring: Please tell me how offshoring has affected your job(s) as a technical writer, noting your area of focus (engineering, software, healthcare, etc). Could offshoring be specific to certain branches of technical writing, such as software, while not affecting others like health care? Are there ways to protect your position? If offshoring has not affected you, I want to know that, too.
2) These days, from what I’ve read, no technical writer “just writes” anymore. They work with media (instructional videos, technical illustrations) programming (websites), and are expected to learn about the products they write about by collaborating with SME’s. In short, employers want fewer workers to do more. What this tells me is that the technical writing field is contracting. How secure are in-house technical writing positions? Are layoffs frequent? And, again, are there ways to protect your position?
Thank you very much for your responses. Please correct me if I’ve stated something wrong in my summaries of current technical writer situations; everything I know about this line of work comes from books and online.
Rankings of my technical writing interests (which could change as I learn more).
1) government (I already use tons of dry regulatory documents in nuke power. I’d guess my skills would transfer).
2) engineering (I may also have transferable skills here from nuke power.)
3) software (I enjoy computers but would have to learn a lot.)
6) medical (last because I think it would require the most learning and is farthest from my present experience)