I have taken Tech Comm. coursework at the grad level. I did not graduate with a Master's in Technical Communication. I do, however, have a Masters in a different field of study. I am only saying that the graduate coursework you speak of is not merely a practice in "academic writing." I am explaining to you that topics are studied more in-depth, but you deny this curriculum is of any relevance. You believe that any undergrad can do the job and do so effectively. I simply disagree with that assessment, which seems to stem from what seems like a serious bias on your part. The fact that you call them the "academic elite", for that matter, seems to suggest that they are all a bunch of scholars who really know very little about how to actually produce documentation, since they are "trained to write academically." All I'm saying is that you should study Technical Communication at the graduate level before leveling such a biased opinion at the field or disqualifying the validity of a degree that is higher than your own.