Study this Web page retrieved on July 18, 2002, focusing on the following questions:
- If you needed to gather information about a career in technical writing, how would you assess the timeliness of this information?
This press release reports the most recent salary survey the association has conducted. Consequently, the salary figures represent fairly recent data, providing a snapshot of salaries earned by technical writers in 2001.
- What concerns, if any, would you have about using information found on this professional association's site?
Because it is presented by a professional association dedicated to advancing the arts and sciences of technical communication, some may consider this salary information biased.
- What concerns, if any, would you have about the accuracy of the salaries reported in the survey?
A careful researcher would likely want to know more about the methods used to collect data for this survey. For example, the excerpt included here reports that questionnaires were sent to more than 3,500 people in technical communication. More information is needed detailing whether 3,500 is an appropriate sample size and whether 3,500 people actually returned the survey.