Occuoational Outlook Handbook: Technical Writers

Occuoational Outlook Handbook: Technical Writers

Republished with permission of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics

Occupational Outlook Handbook: Technical Writers

Summary

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Technical writers routinely work with other technology experts.
Quick Facts: Technical Writers
2020 Median Pay $74,650 per year
$35.89 per hour
Typical Entry-Level Education Bachelor’s degree
Work Experience in a Related Occupation Less than 5 years
On-the-job Training Short-term on-the-job training
Number of Jobs, 2019 58,400
Job Outlook, 2019-29 7% (Faster than average)
Employment Change, 2019-29 4,300

What Technical Writers Do

Technical writers prepare instruction manuals, how-to guides, journal articles, and other supporting documents to communicate complex and technical information more easily.

Work Environment

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.

How to Become a Technical Writer

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.

Pay

The median annual wage for technical writers was $74,650 in May 2020.

Job Outlook

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.

State & Area Data

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Similar Occupations

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More Information, Including Links to O*NET

Learn more about technical writers by visiting additional resources, including O*NET, a source on key characteristics of workers and occupations.

 

 

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