Technical writing is an interesting and modern career option. The growing IT, manufacturing service sectors have created a huge demand for technical writers. Here is all that you want to know to jump-start your career in technical writing.
What is Technical Writing?
Technical writing involves putting technical information into easily understandable language. Technical writers work primarily in information-technology-related industries, coordinating the development and dissemination of technical content for a variety of users.
Why Technical Writing as a career?
- You get the opportunity to work on different technologies, products, tools and domains.
- You can choose and work on your areas of interest such as editing, graphics, training, product analysis etc. thereby it reduces the scope for monotony.
- It is a day shift job, which pays well and there is less competition with assured growth.
- Opportunities to travel abroad on projects.
What are the qualifications required to become a technical writer?
Any graduate can be a Technical Writer. The advantage about this field is that it is not restricted for people with a particular qualification.
What are the essential skills set that a technical writer should posses?
Basic computer skills, ability to write clearly, talent in showing ideas graphically, patience in problem-solving/troubleshooting and the ability to interact with SMEs is some of the skills required.
What are the job opportunities in this field?
Technical writing is a vast field. You could work for the different sector like the IT, Education, Medical, Finance, Governments at all levels, Manufacturing, Publishing, Telecommunications, Law, Tourism also Technical Writers are in great demand in areas such as Bioinformatics, Clinical Research, Patent Writing, Research and other writing jobs. In short, technical writers work in every industry and in every field. You would be hard pressed to find a single industry where technical writers are not employed.
What is the technical writers’ career path?
You can get started as an Associate Technical Writer and with just about four to five years of experience, you can become a Team Leader. With over 7 years of experience, you can be either a Documentation Manager or a Product Analyst. The pace at which you grow in this field is much faster as the competition is less. If the writer has a technical background, then he/she can opt to be a Subject Matter Expert.
The starting salary for a Technical Writing ranges anywhere between 2.75 lakh to 3.2 lakh per annum can go beyond 12 lakh per annum with relevant experience.
How can I be a technical writer?
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