Tools and skills in the red

If this isn’t a snapshot of our industry, I don’t know what is.

A couple of observations:

  • “Documentations” [sic] to me indicates an English-second-language speaker. Members listing that term as a skill is 245K, larger than the 107K “Technical Documentation”.
  • Looks like it’s an easy popularity contest winner for “Technical Documentation” over “Technical Communication” with nearly 5 times as many LinkedIn members citing “Technical Documentation” as a Skill.
  • Content strategy as a Skill listing is growing 16% year over year.

Fascinating snapshot. What do you think of this data capture at this point in time?


  • October 16, 2012 - 2:25 am | Permalink

    I cringe at ‘Documentations’, but apart from that the rest of the skills are realistic. One more skill that is listed can be Information Architecture.

  • October 16, 2012 - 6:25 am | Permalink

    Hi Shweta – After I posted this, I wondered if “Documentations” is a British spelling perhaps? No idea where that originated.

    I do have Information Architecture listed as one of my skills in my Profile but it wasn’t grouped with this particular group, which so struck me that I had to take a screenshot! 🙂 I agree and now I wonder if it was declining or increasing? (Updated to say: I just saw that it is 1.0% decrease year/year.)

  • November 7, 2012 - 2:43 am | Permalink

    As more and more developers write better and better, more and more documentation is written by the developers (and product managers, etc.). Technical writers, IMHO, should focus on quality and productivity.

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