Projected Growth: Faster than average
Projected Job Openings
Considerable Preparation Needed
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.
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Cascading Style Sheets CSS
Dassault Systemes CATIA
Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS
Extensible markup language XML
Hypertext markup language HTML
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Microsoft Visual Basic
Oracle JavaServer Pages JSP
PTC Creo Parametric
SAP Business Objects
SAP Crystal Reports
Structured query language SQL
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Adobe Systems Adobe Fireworks
Adobe Systems Adobe Flash
Adobe Systems Adobe Flash Player
Adobe Systems Adobe FrameMaker
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Apple Final Cut Pro
Corel CorelDraw Graphics Suite
Corel Paint Shop Pro
Darwin information typing architecture DITA
Dynamic hypertext markup language DHTML
Extensible HyperText Markup Language XHTML
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IBM Rational ClearCase
IBM Rational ClearQuest
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Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer
Oracle E-Business Suite Financials
Quadralay WebWorks ePublisher
Standardized general markup language SGML
Web browser software
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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.
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