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What Does a Technical Writer Do?

If you’ve ever needed technical help with your computer or tried replacing a part in a washing machine, you've probably referred to the how-to guide written by a technical writer. Technical writers transform complex information into clear and concise documentation that can be easily understood by the average person. They research, compile and prepare technical information to create instruction manuals, quick reference guides and white papers for manufacturers, designers and clients. They may also create content for social media posts, press releases and web pages. Technical writers work in many fields – such as technology, engineering, medicine and the sciences. Many technical writers are self-employed.

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Median Salary $
75,000
Jobs Available
2,100+
A technical writer meets with a team to brainstorm ideas
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Duties + Responsibilities
  • Analyze the target audience
  • Research, write, edit and proofread complex technical data
  • Create, maintain and update manuals and other documents
  • Determine the best way to share the information, such as video or paper manual
  • Provide writing, editing and design support to other team members
  • Design and establish style guidelines and standards for texts and illustrations
  • Incorporate images, lists, charts and headings to increase usability
  • Collect user feedback to update and improve content
Education + Training

Some companies allow employees to work their way up to a technical writing role. Many employers look for a bachelor’s degree in English or communications.

Not surprisingly, knowledge of or experience with a technical subject, such as science, engineering or medicine, is beneficial. Many writers get on-the-job training to understand and utilize the company’s preferred communication style, especially if their background is in narrative writing.

Most credentials are not mandatory but they may provide opportunities for advancement.

You May Be a Good Fit for This Position If You
  • Have excellent critical thinking skills
  • Are detailed-oriented
  • Have excellent writing skills
  • Are skilled at clearly explaining complex ideas 
  • Enjoy working on a team

Technical Writer training in your area

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Technical Writing Certificate

Montgomery College
Rockville (0.0 Miles)

Journalism, A.A.

Middlesex County College
Edison (0.0 Miles)

Journalism and Public Relations Certificate

Union County College
Cranford (0.0 Miles)

Technical Writing Advanced Certificate

Delta College
University Center (0.0 Miles)

Communication - Verbal Emphasis Technical Certificate

Waukesha County Technical College
Pewaukee (0.0 Miles)

Mass Media, A.A.

Community College of Philadelphia
Philadelphia (0.0 Miles)

Communication - Writing Emphasis Technical Certificate

Waukesha County Technical College
Pewaukee (0.0 Miles)

Communication, A.S.

Harrisburg Area Community College
Harrisburg (0.0 Miles)

Technical Writing Online Certificate

Bellevue College
Bellevue (0.0 Miles)

Mass Media-Mass Media Production, A.A.

Montgomery County Community College
Blue Bell (0.0 Miles)

Technical Writing Certificate of Completion (Online)

College of DuPage
Glen Ellyn (0.0 Miles)

Technical Communication, A.A.S.

College of Lake County
Grayslake (0.0 Miles)

Find Technical Writer Jobs in Your Area

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Palo Alto ( 0.0 ) Miles
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SAIC
Chantilly ( 0.0 ) Miles
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Archimedes Global
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Technical Writer Level ll

Mantech International Corporation
Herndon ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 7 months ago