I'm a technical writer with four years experience creating help guides, support pages, and Web content.
My current contract is coming to an end in a few months, and
I need advice about how to advance my career. I've been a professional writer for almost 10 years, having worked in the newspaper industry before coming into high tech. I also have a Journalism degree and a technical writing certificate. However, many of the tech writing jobs in the Seattle area are looking for candidates with extensive programming/engineering backgrounds.
I would love advice from veteran tech writers about how I should proceed.
1. Is there still a market for non-engineers in tech writing? I'm wondering if this is a local or industry trend.
2. Do I need to pursue a computer science degree to remain competitive?
3. Can I still leverage my writing and editing experience as a major selling point, or are communication skills no longer as important as dev experience?
Your help is greatly appreciated. At this point, I'm seriously considering about whether I should stay in the field or not.