Technical Publications Writer

Occupation Information table
Overview: Technical writers develop, author and edit text materials for technical reports, product manuals, proposals, instruction books and catalogs concerned with the installation, operation and maintenance of technical machines, systems and products.
Duties: They analyze the technical product or equipment during development stages to thoroughly understand how it works and how to use and service it. Confer with product development team for details.

They read technical journals and engineering and industrial design specifications and parts lists to understand technology. They decide upon the most appropriate terminology for readers.

Interview market planning staff to collect information needed to accurately write about the product. They decide what kind of artwork, photographs and illustrations are needed.

They write the documents to support the product. They review drafts with product development and marketing staff to assure accuracy, readability and attractiveness of the write-up.

Degree(s): A.A. Liberal Arts and Sciences 
A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science) 
A.S. Biotechnology 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is projected to grow 9% to 13% from 2018 to 2028, which is faster than the average projected growth for all occupations.
Salary Range (National Average): $28,000 to $32,000
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: Most employers prefer to hire technical publications writers with a bachelor's degree in communications, journalism or English and with a broad background in the sciences. For those who deal with technically specialized topics, a background in that field-engineering, computers, medicine, psychology, etc. is essential.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Persuading and influencing others to change their attitudes, behavior, and/or opinions.
  • Having a routine job where the duties are very predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.