Early Career

Li-At Ruttenberg"Every job I’ve gotten since university, I’ve gotten directly through STC. And STC has helped me in so many other ways. Once, I needed to know the British usage for something. At the end of my work day in California, I emailed the question to the contact for the United Kingdom chapter. By the time I got to work the next morning, I had the answer! Being part of STC means I have direct access to some of the finest minds in our profession. And since they’re eager to share their knowledge, it means I can always learn and grow.
    
—Li-At Ruttenberg, member since 2000

Whether you’re a recent graduate or transitioning to technical communication from another profession, you deserve a good start to your technical communication career. STC can give you that start. STC can help you plan a career strategy that will take you where you want to be 5, 10, or 20 years down the road.

Continuing Education

As a technical communicator, you need to continuously update your skills and knowledge. The technology you document is evolving rapidly, as are the tools you use to document it. STC can give you the knowledge to stay ahead of the curve.

STC's annual conference offers more than 80 educational sessions on every aspect of technical communication. Here, technical communicators from around the world gather to share ideas and see demonstrations of products useful to their work.

STC chapters offer regular meetings and also produce regional conferences and seminars. These events offer continuing education throughout the year, as well as opportunities to meet local professionals who share your interests and concerns.

In addition to attending conferences, you can learn new skills by participating in Web seminars and certificate courses.

Articles in Intercom and Technical Communication will also introduce you to new concepts and tools and keep your education moving forward.

Networking with Peers

One of our most valuable resources is the network of nearly 6,000 members worldwide who can offer solutions to the challenges you face in your profession. Whatever your situation, chances are someone else has already dealt with a similar problem. Peers can also be a great source for job leads, tips on new tools, and industry trends.

STC makes it easy to meet other technical communication professionals at conferences and chapter meetings, through discussions via MySTC and the STC LinkedIn group, and through special events like local job fairs.

Finding That Job

STC members are strongly supported in their job searches through access to the Society's Job Bank. Employers go there to post technical communication positions at every level. This database is available only to STC members.

Members can consult STC's annual salary database to learn the salaries of technical communicators across the U.S. and Canada. The salary information is broken out by age, gender, level of education, and geographical categories.

And then there's networking. Many members report getting their first technical communication job through someone they met via STC, either at the conference or a chapter meeting.

Exploring Your Interests

STC special interest groups (SIGs) are comprised of technical communicators who share resources and information about a particular field of the profession. Individual SIGs are devoted to information design, technical editing, scientific communication, and more than a dozen other specialties. Through newsletters, discussion lists, and online resources, SIGs enable you to discuss issues and solve problems specific to your area of technical communication. They also provide terrific networking forums.

Competing for Recognition

The technical communication products you produce will become more sophisticated over time. But how do they stack up against others in your field? STC's technical publications, technical art, and online communication competitions let you find out. Winning entries are displayed at STC's annual conference and some chapter events, generating recognition for you and publicity for your company.