How to become a Technical Writer

Technical writers research and write information-based material for articles, manuals, textbooks, handbooks and other multimedia products, usually for education or corporate purposes. They draw on a substantial knowledge of a particular subject, such as the natural or social sciences, engineering, law or other fields. The work involves the development of information and analysis to select and present information on the specialised subject in a form and at a level that is suitable for the intended audience.

Personal requirements of a Technical Writer

  • Technical understanding and aptitude
  • able to think and write clearly, often to tight deadlines
  • excellent understanding of English, particularly grammar and spelling
  • able to concentrate over extended periods
  • good organisational skills.

Duties & Tasks of a Technical Writer

Technical writers may perform the following tasks:

  • conduct research and gather background material
  • plan and organise material and write draft manuscripts
  • revise work, ensuring technical accuracy
  • ensure the work meets its intended purpose
  • submit work for comment and editing prior to publication
  • format and re-edit material.

Working conditions for a Technical Writer

Technical writers may spend long days sitting at a computer or phoning for information. Evening or weekend work may be required when deadlines loom.

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