Technical writers prepare instruction manuals, technical reports, and other scientific or technical documents. Most technical writers work for computer software firms, government agencies, or research institutions. They translate technical information into easily understandable instructions or summaries. As new technology continues to develop and expand, the need for technical writers who can communicate technical expertise to others is expected to increase.
Technical writing positions typically require a college degree in communications, journalism, or English and a specialization in, or familiarity with, a technical field. However, individuals with strong writing skills sometimes transfer from jobs in the sciences to positions in technical writing.
Technical writers can expect to earn an annual salary in the range of $40,000 to $80,000. Advancement opportunities can be limited within a firm or company, but there are additional opportunities in consulting.More careers