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Purpose: To trace the contemporary currents of professionalization for technical communication and their impact on us. Methods: Analysis of literature, including social media, and conversations with our thought leaders. Results: A third aspect of establishing
professional identity is described: emerging technological, sociocultural, and political currents. The ideological and economic processes were addressed in Technical Communication 58, 2011. Conclusions: Technical communicators are emerging as active players in today's dynamic
enterprise with integrated skill sets to navigate rapidly changing work structures. Roadblocks are still present.
Technical Communication, the Society's journal, publishes articles about the practical application of technical communication theory and serves as a common arena for discussion by practitioners. Technical Communication includes both quantitative and qualitative research while showcasing the work of some of the field's most noteworthy writers. Among its most popular features are the helpful book reviews. Technical Communication is published quarterly and is free with membership.