Re: Titles for Tech Writers

Subject: Re: Titles for Tech Writers
From: Beverly Parks <bparks -at- HUACHUCA-EMH1 -dot- ARMY -dot- MIL>
Date: Tue, 9 May 1995 07:27:49 MST

Mike Christie <mikec -at- LUNA -dot- SYNTEL -dot- COM> asked for suggestions on
what job title to give himself, since he is in the lucky
position of making that decision himself.

Of all the titles that have been bandied about lately, I liked
"information analyst" the best. I like it better than
information developer because in most cases you are not really
"developing" the information. The information is already there;
you analyze it and restructure it so that the information is
presented in a way that is most useful to the target audience.

=*= Beverly Parks =*= bparks -at- huachuca-emh1 -dot- army -dot- mil =*=
=*= "Unless otherwise stated, all comments are my own. =*=
=*= I am not representing my employer in any way." =*=

Mike's post, in part-->
> My company is going through a major re-organization - the office in
> England is changing ownership, the office here is changing to a different
> ownership from the one in England, and it has been reduced from 13 to 6
> people. I'm one of the survivors. Needless to say, I'll be doing more than
> just tech pubs for a while, but over the long haul that will be my primary
> focus will be in that area. Since I get to select my own title in the new
> company, I need to decide what to call myself. I rather like the term IBM
> uses: 'information developer' since it impiles
> 1)organizing and designing, as well as writing and
> 2)online as well as printed material.
> I figured I'd also add the word 'senior' for the sake of my resume. (Just
> in case, you know...) I've been writing manuals and online help since 1989,
> so I figure that's not unreasonable.

> Any thoughts on appropriate job titles under the circumstances?

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