A technical writer is a professional writer who produces technical documentation (instruction manuals, how-to-guides, etc.) that help people understand and use a product or service.
A four-year bachelor's degree in journalism, English, communications, or a related field is necessary to obtain this position. It is also possible to earn a four-year bachelor's degree in a technical field such as engineering or computer science. A higher degree (master's) in a related field, which may take an additional two-three years to earn, would be more valuable.
The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.
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Technical writers typically work for technical, scientific, and manufacturing organizations. They generally work in offices and often work together with engineers or other experts.
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