Technical Writers put technical information into easy-to-understand language. They often take high-level research, complex data or a company’s internal information and put it into terms that a layman can use. A Technical Writer may be required to write software manuals, text books, technical online content, product instructions, employee manuals, policy manuals, grants, how-to manuals, etc.
They will work closely with engineers, scientists, researchers, program developers and even graphic design teams to produce content.
A Technical Writer must also bring a uniform tone to all communication and policies to create a consistent voice. This includes not only the content but also the overall structure of documents, including overseeing the preparation of graphics to accompany the content. Technical Writers must have strong written and verbal communication skills, as well as be very detail and organization oriented. They will work closely with engineers, scientists, researchers, program developers and even graphic design teams to produce content.
Technical Writers are generally required to have a degree in communications, journalism and English. Education or experience in a technical field is also desirable.