Technical Writers

Arts, Audio/Video Technology & Communications > Journalism and Broadcasting

Projected Growth: Faster than average

Projected Job Openings

Considerable Preparation Needed

Job Description

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

Common job titles of Technical Writers include:

Experience and Education

A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for this occupation. For example, a person in this occupation must complete four years of college and work for several years in industry to be considered qualified.

  • 35.25% said they needed a Associate's Degree.

  • 33.02% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.


    Maintain records and files of work and revisions.

    Organize material and complete writing assignment according to set standards regarding order, clarity, conciseness, style, and terminology.

    Select photographs, drawings, sketches, diagrams, and charts to illustrate material.

    Analyze developments in specific field to determine need for revisions in previously published materials and development of new material.

    Develop or maintain online help documentation.

    Review manufacturer's and trade catalogs, drawings and other data relative to operation, maintenance, and service of equipment.

    Interview production and engineering personnel and read journals and other material to become familiar with product technologies and production methods.

    Study drawings, specifications, mockups, and product samples to integrate and delineate technology, operating procedure, and production sequence and detail.

    Edit, standardize, or make changes to material prepared by other writers or establishment personnel.

    Draw sketches to illustrate specified materials or assembly sequence.

    Assist in laying out material for publication.

    Arrange for typing, duplication, and distribution of material.

    Observe production, developmental, and experimental activities to determine operating procedure and detail.

    Review published materials and recommend revisions or changes in scope, format, content, and methods of reproduction and binding.

    Confer with customer representatives, vendors, plant executives, or publisher to establish technical specifications and to determine subject material to be developed for publication.


Universal serial bus USB flash drives

Personal computers

Laptop computers

Desktop computers

Computer data input scanners

Compact digital cameras


Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat

Adobe Systems Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign

Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop

Atlassian JIRA

Autodesk AutoCAD

All Technologies

Cascading Style Sheets CSS


Dassault Systemes CATIA

Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS


Epic Systems

Extensible markup language XML



Hypertext markup language HTML

IBM Notes


Microsoft ASP.NET

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft SharePoint

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services

Microsoft Visio

Microsoft Visual Basic

Microsoft Word

Objective C

Oracle Java

Oracle JavaServer Pages JSP

PTC Creo Parametric

SAP Business Objects

SAP Crystal Reports


Structured query language SQL

Adobe Systems Adobe Captivate

Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver

Adobe Systems Adobe Fireworks

Adobe Systems Adobe Flash

Adobe Systems Adobe Flash Player

Adobe Systems Adobe FrameMaker

Adobe Systems Adobe RoboHelp

Apple Final Cut Pro


Corel CorelDraw Graphics Suite

Corel Paint Shop Pro

Corel Ventura

Darwin information typing architecture DITA

Dynamic hypertext markup language DHTML

Extensible HyperText Markup Language XHTML

FileMaker Pro

IBM Cognos Business Intelligence

IBM Rational ClearCase

IBM Rational ClearQuest

JustSystems XMetaL

MadCap Flare

MadCap Software MadCap Flare

Microsoft Publisher

Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer

Oracle E-Business Suite Financials

PTC Arbortext

Quadralay WebWorks ePublisher

Standardized general markup language SGML

Talisma Knowledgebase

Web browser software



Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.


Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

Arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Information Ordering

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