|Quick Facts: Technical Writers|
|2010 Median Pay||
$63,280 per year
$30.42 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Bachelor’s degree|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||1 to 5 years|
|On-the-job Training||Short-term on-the-job training|
|Number of Jobs, 2010||49,500|
|Job Outlook, 2010-20||17% (About as fast as average)|
|Employment Change, 2010-20||8,500|
Technical writers, also called technical communicators, produce instruction manuals 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 of technical writers was $63,280 in May 2010.
Employment of technical writers is expected to grow 17 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Job opportunities, especially for applicants with technical skills, are expected to be good.
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