About STC

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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 41 professional chapters, 9 student chapters, 12 SIGs, and around 6,000 members worldwide in about 50 countries.

For information about the history of STC and the Washington, DC – Baltimore (WDCB) Chapter

The STC logo: square with no shadow, ultramarine blue background with powder blue for letter S and yellow letters for TC. How to Contact STC Headquarters

Society for Technical Communication
3251 Old Lee Highway
Suite 406
Fairfax VA  22030
Phone: 703-522-4114
Fax: 703-522-2075
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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:

  • academics
  • accessibility specialists
  • consultants
  • graphic artists & creative designers
  • human factors engineers
  • information planners
  • instructional designers
  • interface designers
  • journalists
  • managers of technical communication departments or projects
  • marketing and public relations communicators
  • photographers, film, and video production specialists
  • publishers
  • researchers
  • software engineers
  • students
  • technical communicators
  • technical, medical, and scientific illustrators
  • technical, medical, and scientific writers and editors
  • translators
  • 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

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STC Academic Resources

Find local certificate and degree programs. For a list of local educational programs, see Education Information. Watch for announcements about upcoming seminars and workshops.

STC Annual Conference Information

Last modified: January 23, 2020
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