Become a member of the Society for Technical Communication, the world’s largest and oldest professional association dedicated to the advancement of the field of technical communication.Â With more than 20,000 members across the globe, STC provides unparalleled opportunities for continuing education, peer networking, and access to STC’s database of job openings.
STC members are:
- Technical writers
- Usability specialists
- Documentation managers
- Technical editors
- Information developers
- Documentation specialists
- Technical communicators
- Technical illustrators
- Managers of technical communication departments
- Teachers of technical communication
- Web designers
- Technical translators
What is Technical Communication?
It is the process of gathering information from experts and presenting it to an audience in a clear, easily understandable form.
These “experts” can be engineers, scientists, doctors, lawyers, or anyone else with a special knowledge of a certain field of study. Technical communicators gather knowledge from these experts by conducting interviews and reading previously published material.
The technical communicator then studies the audience and determines the best way to present the information. Should it be a Web site? A book? A brochure? An illustration? A chart? The technical communicator reshapes the information so that the audience can have access to it and understand it.
This is why technical communicators can have a variety of job titles, such as writer, editor, illustrator, or web designer.