STC has worked hard to create a climate where technical communicators are valued—and hired—for their expertise. This past year, work with the Bureau of Labor Statistics resulted in a separate chapter for technical writers in the Occupation Outlook Handbook, an essential reference document for corporations. This means for the first time the BLS has acknowledged technical writers are distinct from other writers.
This directly benefits STC members because corporate Human Resource departments use the BLS data to determine salaries. In general, the practices of large companies define the market and the market determines the typical rate of compensation for technical communicators. STC's work with BLS will impact your salary and push companies to recognize the value of technical communicators.
Chapter and SIG membership
Ready-made Network of Peers—Members tell us the chance to network with other members is one of their most prized benefits. The chance to bounce ideas off one another, learn about job opportunities, hear about project shortcuts, and try out new software or tools is especially valuable.
- Chapter Membership—Having that local connection to peers brings practical and sustainable value to your membership. Most chapters schedule regular meetings, host social events, and publish a newsletter. STC has 114 chapters.
- SIG Membership—STC has 22 special interest groups organized by work function and industry focus.
The online renewal form will give you the opportunity to select which chapters and SIGs you would like to join.