ERIC Number: ED239280
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Selecting a Business Writing Career.
Hawes, Clinton; Wetmore, Barbara
The business world now offers careers for writers in internal/external communications and technical documentation. Although some people work in both areas, most writers will choose one or the other, depending upon their backgrounds, skills, and interests. Technical writers may write detailed instructions for installing, assembling, testing, operating, or repairing a product; the communication writer's products are shorter, and usually include brochures, press releases, or stories for company newspapers. The technical writer writes for audiences with a high level of technical knowledge in a specialized field and must be concerned with the reader's comprehension. Communications writers, on the other hand, usually write for people with varied backgrounds and education from both inside and outside the company, and must be sensitive to audience reaction. The "how to" style of the technical writer and the more creative style of the communications writer reflect their different end products and audiences. The technical writer's job begins long before anything goes on paper, while the communications writer may have several short jobs going at the same time. Both types must be accurate, but the technical writer must check and recheck minute details. Opportunities exist in both areas, but technical writing may offer more room for advancement. Communications writers, however, are more likely to receive recognition for their efforts. (HTH)
Descriptors: Audience Analysis, Business Communication, Career Choice, Comparative Analysis, Employment Opportunities, Job Analysis, Job Skills, Occupational Information, Technical Writing
Not available separately; see CS 208 075.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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