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Do you have to relocate to an urban tech hub to find a technical writing job? | I’d Rather Be Writing

To find high-paying jobs in tech comm, many technical writers move to urban technology hubs because companies want their workers on site. Living in an urban tech hub usually involves high costs of living and the sacrifice of a more rural, suburban lifestyle. It’s unclear why the digital revolution doesn’t motivate more companies to welcome remote workers.

Source: Do you have to relocate to an urban tech hub to find a technical writing job? | I’d Rather Be Writing

You can imagine my excitement when I saw that the top story in the STC’s Tech Comm Today newsletter was a curated article by none other than Tom Johnson of “I’d Rather Be Writing” himself, and it was an article inspired by one of my articles here! (Thanks, Tom!)

Tom takes the time to look at the STC Salary Database (which I have definitely tried to use to my advantage) to look a little deeper into the topic.  In many ways, he comes to similar conclusions as I have, and the comments included (including one of my own talking about the database) is a great reflection of what’s going on in the tech comm field right now as far as opportunity availability.

After reading Tom’s post (and mine), what do you think? Is this a topic that should be pursued by the STC at-large to help companies become aware of the many tech comm resources globally that are available if they become more flexible? 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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