|Quick Facts: Technical Writers|
|2012 Median Pay||
$65,500 per year
$31.49 per hour
|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, 2012||49,500|
|Job Outlook, 2012-22||15% (Faster than average)|
|Employment Change, 2012-22||7,400|
Technical writers, also called technical communicators, prepare instruction manuals, journal articles, and other supporting documents to communicate complex and technical information more easily. They also develop, gather, and disseminate technical information among customers, designers, and manufacturers.
Most technical writers work full time in offices. Although technical writers work in a variety of industries, they are concentrated in the computer and engineering industries.
A college degree is usually required for a position as a technical writer. In addition, experience with a technical subject, such as computer science, Web design, or engineering, is important.
The median annual wage for technical writers was $65,500 in May 2012.
Employment of technical writers is projected to grow 15 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth will be driven by the continuing expansion of scientific and technical products and by growth in Web-based product support. Job opportunities, especially for applicants with technical skills, are expected to be good.
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