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Technical Writer

 

Technical Writers translate complex, technical information into clear language to create and maintain technical documents such as manuals, procedures, policies, textbooks, online user guides, assembly instructions and technical reports. They may also write articles for books and magazines. Typically, Technical Writers either concentrate on one discipline area of expertise (for example software) or specialise in a particular style of technical writing (such as procedures).

Sectors and industries

Most employment opportunities exist in the industrial, scientific and IT industries though publishing companies, training and media organisations often also require the skills of technical writers.

Specialisations

Technical Writers may specialise in IT, engineering, finance, medical and scientific disciplines or specific types of documentation such as manuals, project documentation and reports.

Personal Qualities

Technical Writers require a specialist skill set that includes the ability to understand complex information and transform it into clear, easily understood language, the ability to concentrate for extended periods of time, high levels of accuracy, patience and perseverance. They need to have excellent written communication skills, using simple and consistent terminology to produce clear documents or manuscripts. Knowledge of specific disciplines may be an advantage in specialist roles.

Entry Requirements

Qualifications and training in either a specific discipline area (IT, computer science, engineering, science, medicine, finance, law) or in writing and communications based disciplines (journalism, communications) prepare graduates for this type of work.