Occupational Outlook Handbook: Technical Writers
|Quick Facts: Technical Writers|
|$74,650 per year
$35.89 per hour
|Less than 5 years|
|Short-term on-the-job training|
|7% (Faster than average)|
Technical writers prepare instruction manuals, how-to guides, journal articles, and other supporting documents to communicate complex and technical information more easily.
Most technical writers work full time. Although technical writers work in a variety of industries, they are concentrated in the computer and management, scientific, and technical industries.
A college degree is usually required for a position as a technical writer. In addition, knowledge of or experience with a technical subject, such as science or engineering, is beneficial.
The median annual wage for technical writers was $74,650 in May 2020.
Employment of technical writers is projected to grow 7 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth will be driven by the continuing expansion of scientific and technical products. An increase in Web-based product support should also increase demand for technical writers. Job opportunities, especially for applicants with technical skills, are expected to be good.
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