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How did you get your start doing documentation specialist work, and what career moves did you make to get to your current position?

Do you need a particular educational background?

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Kim in Rock Island, Illinois

79 months ago

You don't need a particular education background, although you CAN get a technical writing certificate or degree. I dont have one, but I learned a lot about my field. I worked on a helpdesk, and my 'notes' that I made for myself turned into a training manual. after that I worked on several other projects and eventually got promoted to a documentation specialist.

What you really need is to search out opportunities in your company. Show interest and if you have anything already documented, share that. Just be ready to stand up for why you should be doing the documentation and be willing to learn learn learn.

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Jerrie in Minneapolis, Minnesota

57 months ago

I obtained my position within the company. I was a Quality Inspector and had a lot of knowledge about reading blueprints and the controls in inspection plans. The computer I had very little experience but learned from the persons before and just taking notes. But, I am now unemployed and still looking for this type of work mainly in the Medical device industry.
Salary range was the 40's. But, I soon found out I was the first to get laid off.

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