ERIC Number: ED200990
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Building a Technical Communication Program.
Pearsall, Thomas E.
According to the 1980-81 edition of the "Occupational Outlook Handbook," the market for graduates of technical communication programs is good and likely to get better during the 1980s, especially in the areas of electronics and computer and environmental science. The first step in setting up a technical communication program at a college or university is to find out what, for whom, and how technical communicators write. Forming an advisory committee of practicing technical writers will keep the faculty informed of the needs of practitioners and establish a network of potential employers. In addition to providing the technical writing instruction most in demand by employers, the program should include study in mathematics and the sciences, and the faculty should include instructors knowledgeable in the skills of oral communication, interviewing, and understanding graphic presentations. A community environment that will provide practicing technical writers for the advisory committee, internships for students, and ultimately employment, is also an important factor to consider when planning a technical communication program. (HTH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (32nd, Dallas, TX, March 26-28, 1981).