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.
Technical Writers may specialise in IT, engineering, finance, medical and scientific disciplines or specific types of documentation such as manuals, project documentation and reports.
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.
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.
Areas of Study
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Computer Engineering
- Diagnostic Radiography
- Digital Media and Entertainment
- Earth Sciences
- English and Writing
- Environmental Engineering
- Information Technology (Postgraduate)
- Nuclear Medicine
- Nutrition and Dietetics
- Primary Teaching (Postgraduate)
- Radiation Therapy
- Secondary Teaching (Postgraduate)
- Software Engineering
- Computer Systems and Robotics
- Biomedical Science
- Biological Sciences
- Mechanical Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Enterprise Information Technology
- Software Development and Applications
- Data Analytics
- Applied Computing
- Secondary Teaching Fine Art
- Secondary Teaching Health and PE
- Secondary Teaching Mathematics
- Secondary Teaching Science
- Early Childhood and Primary Teaching
- Secondary Teaching / Humanities