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This page provides you with links for graduate degree programs, professional organizations, job postings, and online forums. These resources are useful whether you're planning on becoming a technical writer, new to the field, or an experienced technical writer.
GradSchools.com offers users a searchable database of graduate programs around the United States, with links to many programs' Web sites. You can search for schools by major, region, or degrees offered.
The Illinois Institute of Technology offers a Master of Science in Technical Communication and Information Design.
Northeastern University offers a Master of Professional Writing and Information Design (MPWID).
The American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) is an interdisciplinary organization of 4000 professionals and students working to improve the way information is stored, handled, and shared. ASIS&T publishes the Annual Review of Information Science and Technology (ARIST), Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (JASIST), as well as a bi-monthly bulletin.
American Society of Indexers (ASI) is a professional organization for technical writers specializing in indexes, abstracts, and databases. They offer advice on starting your own indexing business and provide an "Indexer Locator" to connect members with clients.
Society for Technical Communication (STC) is the largest organization dedicated to professional writing in the world, with 18000 professional and student members. STC publishes Intercom, the Magazine of the Society for Technical Communication ten times per year, holds conferences and seminars, and provides its members with access to career services and 20 special interest groups (SIGs). The Southwestern Ohio Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication, one of 140 chapters of STC, holds monthly meetings open to anyone interested in technical writing.
The Usability Professionals’ Association (UPA) is a professional organization working to improve the design and documentation of all products, focusing on making them more "human-centered." UPA publishes UX: User Experience magazine for its members in 17 countries.
The Writer’s Resource Center posts job opportunities specifically for writers, searchable by state or by specialty, such as "Technical Writing."
Career Builder posts job opportunities nationwide and offers users the ability to post their résumé online to apply directly to positions they find there. Career Builder also offers a "smart" search feature that will recommend positions based on common keywords in position descriptions that users have applied to in the past, such as "Technical Writing."
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TECHWR-L is primarily a discussion list and offers articles on all aspects of technical writing, networking with other technical communicators, and a job board where members can post their résumés.
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