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Profiles of Professionals

The Problems They Solve and the Documents They Write

Following are profiles of six professionals: an engineer, a chemist, a social worker, a museum director, a computer specialist, and a businessperson. The profiles describe the responsibilities these people have for solving problems in their day-to-day work, but especially they describe the kinds of documents these people write in response to those problems. The writing tasks are divided into three kinds:

  • Technical and professional writing tasks are those that require the specialized knowledge of professionals, depending on their fields.

  • Administrative writing tasks are those that grow out of needs and demands of the positions these people have within their respective organizations.

  • Review and/or editing tasks are those that require all professionals at some time to review and perhaps edit other people's writing. This process includes anything that they have specifically assigned others to write; it also includes writing that others are normally responsible for, but that because of its importance to the work these people do, should be reviewed and/or edited before it is sent out.


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