Technical Writers

What do they do?

Write technical materials, such as equipment manuals, appendices, or operating and maintenance instructions. May assist in layout work.

Also known as:

Chief Writer, Com Writer, Director, Medical Writing, Document Specialist, Documentation Designer, Documentation Specialist, Documentation Specialist/Technical Writer, Editor, Engineering Writer, Expert Medical Writer, Global Technical Writer, Grant Writer, Information Developer, Manager, Medical Writing, Narrative Writer, Principal Technical Writer, Proposal Coordinator, Publication Specialist, Quality Analyst/Technical Writer, Requirements Analyst, Scientific Technical Writer, Senior Consultant in Document Excellence, Senior Label Specialist, Senior Medical Writer, Senior Publications Specialist, Senior Technical Editor, Senior Technical Writer, Tech Writer, Technical Communicator, Technical Editor, Technical Report Writer, Technical Writer, Technical Writer (Consultant), Technical Writing Lead/Mgr

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Technical Writers in United States

Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Technical Writers is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than average compared to all occupations.

Projected Employment

No Data Available

Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 15.2%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #24 in job growth rate
  • 310

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #4 in net job growth

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Typical College Majors

Majors that prepare Technical Writers:

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (7.2%)
  • Master's degree (20.8%)
  • Bachelor's degree (51.9%)
  • Associate's degree (5.5%)
  • Some college, no degree (9.1%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (5.1%)
  • Less than high school diploma (0.5%)

Percent of workers in this field

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Compile technical information or documentation.
  • Edit written materials.
  • Maintain records, documents, or other files.
  • Determine presentation subjects or content.
  • Research new technologies.
  • Write informational material.

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