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UCSF Lays Off Tech Workers, Stepping Into Jobs Outsourcing Controversy | News Fix | KQED News

UCSF says it is following what its competitors have already done and has to lay off the workers to cut costs.

Source: UCSF Lays Off Tech Workers, Stepping Into Jobs Outsourcing Controversy | News Fix | KQED News

While this kind of thing has been happening for years–I’ve seen it going on in the last two decades–it does seem to be getting worse. While this focuses specifically about a case happening with an American research university and their IT workers, it directly affects technical communication workers as well. Some of us are included in the IT departments, some are not, but we’re all directly affected. When layoffs happen, it’s always the consultant/contractors that go first, and in tech comm, that makes up a good portion of our workforce.

I’ve been told that sometimes I’m too panicked about the state of the tech comm workforce because of my own struggle to find long term work, but the more I talk to other technical communicators who are often also contractors, they are feeling the stress as well. It’s articles like this that further my argument that if we can’t keep up and be adaptable, and prove our worth in the market, all the jobs–at least in the U.S.–will go elsewhere. This is not to say that other countries should be able to create new jobs to build their economy, but there’s a point where if all the jobs are exported elsewhere, what’s left for us?

What do you think? Is this just another layoff story, or is it a foretelling story of things yet to come? Include your comments below.



Danielle M. Villegas is a technical communicator who currently employed at Cox Automotive, Inc., and freelances as her own technical communications consultancy, Dair Communications. She has worked at the International Refugee Committee, MetLife, Novo Nordisk, BASF North America, Merck, and Deloitte, with a background in content strategy, web content management, social media, project management, e-learning, and client services. Danielle is best known in the technical communications world for her blog,, which has continued to flourish since it was launched during her graduate studies at NJIT in 2012. She has presented webinars and seminars for Adobe, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), the IEEE ProComm, TCUK (ISTC) and at Drexel University’s eLearning Conference. She has written articles for the STC Intercom, STC Notebook, the Content Rules blog, and The Content Wrangler as well. She is very active in the STC, as a former chapter president for the STC-Philadelphia Metro Chapter, and is currently serving on three STC Board committees. You can learn more about Danielle on LinkedIn at, on Twitter @techcommgeekmom, or through her blog. All content is the owner's opinions, and does not reflect those of her employers past or present.

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