|Quick Facts: Technical Writers|
$78,060 per year
$37.53 per hour
|Less than 5 years|
|Short-term on-the-job training|
|6% (As fast as average)|
What Technical Writers Do
Technical writers prepare instruction manuals, how-to guides, journal articles, and other supporting documents to communicate complex and technical information more easily.
Most technical writers work full time. Although technical writers work in a variety of industries, they are concentrated in the computer and management, scientific, and technical industries.
How to Become a Technical Writer
Technical writers typically need a bachelor's degree to enter the occupation. In addition, knowledge of or experience with a technical subject, such as science or engineering, is beneficial.
The median annual wage for technical writers was $78,060 in May 2021.
Employment of technical writers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2021 to 2031, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
About 5,400 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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