Technical Writers

General Information

Description

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

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit81.97%
  2. Self-employed7.07%
  3. Private, not for profit4.44%
  4. State and local government3.10%
  5. Federal government3.05%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Employment of technical writers is projected to grow 12 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations. About 5,500 openings for technical writers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$74,650

State-by-state Salary

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$92,070
$46,890
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Associate's degree 35%
  • Bachelor's degree 33%
  • Some college 15%
  • Post-secondary certificate 6%
  • Master's degree 5%
  • Post baccalaureate 2%
  • High school 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Knowledge

  • English Language
  • Clerical
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Communications and Media
  • Education and Training

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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