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Practice of Technical and Scientific Communication

A detailed description of the work done by technical scientific communicators in a variety of professional settings. It is designed mainly as an educational and career planning tool for students preparing for careers in technical communication. It may also be used by educators who teach and advise students, by researchers who need a picture of technical communication practice, and by employers who need a more thorough understanding of how technical communicators can contribute to their business. The book includes an introduction and 12 chapters. Each chapter describes the work that technical and scientific communicators do in a specific area of practice and answers some fundamental questions likely to be asked by readers, such as: what is it like to be a writer in a particular professional area?; where might I work?; what am I most likely to do or to write?; what special skills do I need?; how, exactly, should I prepare if this is really what I want to do?; what is the job outlook? Each chapter contains detailed profiles on at least two technical communicators in the chapter's subject area.
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Introduction, Jean A. Lutz and C. Gilbert Storms Writing in Business and Manufacturing, William J. Buchholz Writing for Engineering Fields, Marian G. Barchilon Writing in the Aerospace Industry, Rebecca O. Barclay and Thomas E. Pinell Writing for the Environmental Sciences, Melinda Thiessen Spencer Writing in Hazardous Waste Management, Joan Strawson Dollarhide Writing for the Computer Industry, R. John Brockmann and Christopher Velotta Science Writing, Ricki Lewis Writing in Medical and Health Care Environments, Patricia L. Cornett Pharmaceutical Writing, Sandra J. Lobbestael Writing for Government and NonProfit Social Service Agencies, Lisa Meeder Turnbull Technical and Scientific Communicators in Advertising, Karen Levine Freelancing or Consulting, David N. Dobrin About the Authors Author Index

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"The Practice of Technical and Scientific Communication is a much needed book that offers propective professional writers useful insight into twelve areas of technical writing."-IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication ?The Practice of Technical and Scientific Communication is a much needed book that offers propective professional writers useful insight into twelve areas of technical writing.?-IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication

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