Technical Writers


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+7.4% (as fast as the average)

Most Common Level of Education

Bachelor's degree


What Technical Writers Do

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

Other Job Titles Technical Writers May Have

Documentation Designer, Documentation Specialist, Engineering Writer, Information Developer, Medical Writer, Narrative Writer, Requirements Analyst, Technical Communicator, Technical Writer

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Trusts and foundations manager ,

Royal Mencap Society

Catching up on political & social policy news. Researching potential donors & formulating strategies for engaging them to support the charity's cause. Database analysis, analysing the value of applications submitted, applications rejected, donations received, forecasting prospect values over the next month, three months, and six months. Unpicking the components of projects being delivered on the ground, writing proposals, letters & applications. Drinking coffee. Eating cake. Studying economics.

Senior Technical Writer ,

FWD think

I work in a fast-paced 'agile' environment on a team of software engineers, database analysts, linguists, government and military business owners. I enjoy the diversity and international flavor of my work environment. I also enjoy the challenge of having to rise to aggressive deadlines, collaborating as a team and of course the writing, organizing, editing and translating of complex technical information into comprehensible formats.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Organize material and complete writing assignment according to set standards regarding order, clarity, conciseness, style, and terminology.
  • Maintain records and files of work and revisions.
  • Edit, standardize, or make changes to material prepared by other writers or establishment personnel.
  • Select photographs, drawings, sketches, diagrams, and charts to illustrate material.
  • Interview production and engineering personnel and read journals and other material to become familiar with product technologies and production methods.

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