Technical Writer Career Field

technical writerTechnical writers or technical communicators put technical information into a written format that normal people can understand. They often work in the IT and manufacturing industries and help document technical information regarding products. They also assist in business communications and technical manual creation.

Educational Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree (4 years of College) in English, journalism, or technical writing

Technical writers must have a bachelor’s degree in English, technical writing, or a similar field. Computer skills are absolutely necessary including graphic editing skills. Some technical writing skills may actually require knowledge of particular industries like computer software or specific types of industrial and manufacturing industries.

Educational Courses

Writing Skills
Graphic Illustration Software
Graphic Schematics
Technical Writing Skills
Editing Skills

Employment Statistics

Number Employed Technical Writers in 2008: 48,900
Projected Employment of Technical Writers through 2018: 57,800
Average Annual Pay for Technical Writers in 2008: $61,620

Great Colleges

Western Governor’s University
Capella University
Walden University
University of Phoenix
DeVry Institute

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