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Average Wages

Technical Writers


Industry Outlook

Career outlook is: average for the next 12-18 months

Job Description

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


Also known as:
Technical Communicator, Expert Medical Writer, Narrative Writer, Documentation Designer, Technical Writer, Senior Technical Writer, Engineering Writer, Information Developer, Requirements Analyst, Documentation Specialist

Average Career Wages

Co-Op / Internship

Securing an internship for this position is a good way in which to understand the expectations required for full time employment.

Typical Job Tasks

  • Compile technical information or documentation.
  • Edit written materials.
  • Maintain records, documents, or other files.
  • Determine presentation subjects or content.
  • Research new technologies.


  • Write informational material.
  • Design layouts for print publications.
  • Review details of technical drawings or specifications.
  • Coordinate logistics for productions or events.
  • Monitor current trends.
  • Draw detailed or technical illustrations.
  • Confer with clients to determine needs.


Required Skills

People in this career often have these skills:
  • Writing – Writing things for co-workers or customers.
  • Reading Comprehension – Reading work-related information.
  • Active Listening – Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
  • Speaking – Talking to others.
  • Critical Thinking – Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

Projected Employment Numbers


2016 Employment

2026 Employment

Percent change

Annual projected job openings

What Experience and Education do you Require?

People starting in this career usually have:
  1.  Bachelor’s degree
  2.  Less than 5 years work experience
  3.  Less than 1 month on-the-job training

Typical Education Level Required

Background Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:
  • English Language – Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Computers and Electronics – Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Clerical – Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Successful people in this career have ...

  • Written Expression – Communicating by writing.
  • Written Comprehension – Reading and understanding what is written.
  • Near Vision – Seeing details up close.
  • Oral Comprehension – Listening and understanding what people say.
  • Deductive Reasoning – Using rules to solve problems.
  • Oral Expression – Communicating by speaking.


  • Information Ordering – Ordering or arranging things.
  • Inductive Reasoning – Making general rules or coming up with answers from lots of detailed information.
  • Speech Clarity – Speaking clearly.
  • Problem Sensitivity – Noticing when problems happen.