Technical Writers make articles, assembly instructions, brochures, catalogs, help system, maintenance manuals, multimedia presentations, online documentation, part lists, product instructions, project proposals, sales promotion materials, training materials, reference and web pages.
A Technical Writer does the following responsibilities:
- Examines the requirements of the intended audience.
- Study information and perform thorough interviews with topics proficient to understand the procedure or product.
- File and annotate documents like manuals and bulletins.
- Create or organize for illustrations, photographs and charts to be incorporated in publications.
- Correct, regulate or improve material made by other employee or writers.
- Prepare deigns of materials to be used in publication.
- Make outlines of the publication to be employed for review with the project employees and/or clients.
- Make and correct web pages for intranets, extranets and internets.
Technical Writers normally specialize in a particular industry like manufacturing, computers, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, health care and agriculture. Within their preferred industry, most of the Technical Writers will specialize even further. For instance in the industry of computer, the writer may specialize in user manuals, tutorials or software documentation.
Some companies would only hire a Technical Writer who specializes in a single field of technology. Most employers choose applicants who possess a four-year college degree in engineering, communication, journalisms or those with certificate or degree in technical report writing. They should also have a concrete background on the industry that they want to consider as their specialty. Completion of a certificate or degree in technical writing can be very useful and can be achieved in community schools and university that offers continuing education courses. Some employers would require a concrete background in technical skills and experience along with writing proficiencies.
Increasingly, businesses need Technical Writers who are knowledgeable in desktop publishing, which includes multimedia production as well as computer graphics. Just years ago, computer skills was only considered an asset while these days it is already a requirement. Various Technical Writers might be required to accustomed and understand program terminologies. Most of the time, beginners are assisted by experienced Technical Writers and might perform library research, make reports or rough drafts or make basic editing.
Most commonly, a Technical Writer make use of a job title for such profession. Other job titles are communication specialist, proposal writer, publication specialist, medical writer, documentation specialist, health writer, technical editor, information designer, and science writer. The average hourly rate for a Technical Writer in the United States, particularly in the State of California is $28.66 and $59,612 in a year.