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What is STC?
The Society for Technical Communication (STC) is a Section 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational, scientific, and charitable organization dedicated to furthering the art of communicating technical information and promoting the education, improvement, and advancement of its members. STC was established in 1953 and currently has 37 professional chapters, 9 student chapters, 12 special interest groups (SIGs), and around 6,000 members worldwide in about 50 countries. Revised
For information about the history of STC and the Washington, DC – Baltimore (WDCB) Chapter
- See our STC History page.
- Learn how to become an STC member and why you should join our chapter on our STC Membership information page.
- See our Join STC page for what the Washington, DC – Baltimore (WDCB) Chapter offers you as a member.
- Read the Ethical Principles for Technical Communicators page.
How to Contact STC Headquarters
Society for Technical Communication
3251 Old Lee Highway
Fairfax VA 22030
Society-Level Board of Directors and Elections
Candidate resources, online voting, and information about STC elections for Society officers and Board members is available at STC Leadership Elections.
STC Membership Information
STC has the resources you need to help you do your job better and move your career forward. This website helps you find job openings and provides information about many employment resources for looking for a new job or a career change.
STC is a professional organization serving multiple fields in the technical communication profession. STC members include:
- accessibility specialists
- graphic artists & creative designers
- human factors engineers
- information planners
- instructional designers
- interface designers
- managers of technical communication departments or projects
- marketing and public relations communicators
- photographers, film, and video production specialists
- software engineers
- technical communicators
- technical, medical, and scientific illustrators
- technical, medical, and scientific writers and editors
- web designers, web developers, content managers, & webmasters
Technical communicators translate technical information into plain language that is easily understood by the user. They can convey scientific and technical information precisely, accurately, and clearly. Technical communication is recognized as an increasingly essential occupation in business and government. Technical communicators work with scientists and engineers in offices, factories, banks, hospitals, laboratories, from home, and on military bases. They work on a team, by themselves, as staff writers, managers, contractors, and consultants.
Related STC Chapters
STC chapters were once grouped into regions. In 2005, the regions were disbanded and individual chapters and special interest groups (SIGs) now work as separate communities. The following are chapters in our former region and other nearby chapters. The Washington, DC – Baltimore (WDCB) Chapter collaborates with these chapters and with others on projects of mutual interest.
Nearby STC Professional Chapters
Find Other STC Communities
See STC's Communities page for the full lists of
- STC Professional Chapters
- STC Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
- STC Student Chapters
Starting a Student Chapter connected to our chapter
STC Annual Conference Information
- STC annual conference—Technical Communication Summit