Technical Writer

Career Overview

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.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$35,000 /yr
$62,000 /yr
$100,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Journalism
  • Psychology
  • Math - as much as possible!
  • Computer Science
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Science - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Technical Writing
Work Environment

Technical writers typically work for technical, scientific, and manufacturing organizations. They generally work in offices and often work together with engineers or other experts.

Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada