Cool Career: Technical Writer

Posted by Sara Reiner on Friday, October 13, 2017 at 4:23 PM PDT

Two students sitting at a desk, one is reading and the other is writing


A Technical Writer is responsible for taking complex subjects in technical jargon and writing about them in easy to understand terms for things like instructions, white papers, product descriptions, and tutorials.

A technical writer typically works with a subject matter expert to understand technical complexities, then determines what type of documentation needs to be created and who the audience will be.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in technical writing is expected to grow by 10 percent nationally between 2014 and 2024, with a median salary of $70,000 per year, depending on experience, education, and industry.

Become a Technical Writer

The skills for successful Technical Writers may include:

Bachelor’s degree

Background in Information Technology

Design skills

Digital skills

Technical skills

Analytical skills

Attention to detail

Problem-solving ability

If you’re ready to start or advance your education to work in technical writing, the Digital Technology and Cultures B.A. Degree Completion program at the School of New and Continuing Studies (NCS) can help.

Contact us to learn more about the B.A. Degree Completion programs, courses, and certificates at NCS.