Technical Writer

Average Salary
£35,880
Job Forecast
+2%
Currently Employed in Scotland
8,973
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What is a Technical Writer

It's a Technical Writer’s responsibility to take specialist information and explain it clearly to the general public.

You could be testing and writing about a new phone to produce a guide for customers or learning about breakthrough medicines to educate a wider audience about their potential benefits.

Top 3 job tasks:

  • Talking to industry experts to become an authority on a specific topic.
  • Creating user manuals that simply explain how to use a product.
  • Writing concise and easy-to-understand reports aimed at general audiences.

Getting in and Qualifications

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Technical Writers come from a wide range of educational backgrounds. A wide range of qualifications could lead to a successful career in technical writing.

Useful subjects:

  • Engineering
  • Design & Technology
  • Computer Science

Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you will need.

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Some Technical Writers have qualifications that allow them to specialise in a certain field whereas others have chosen writing-focused courses.

Relevant Higher National Certificate, Higher National Diploma and degree courses include:

  • Communications
  • Technical Writing
  • Computer Science
  • Manufacturing
  • Specialist Sciences

One alternative pathway to becoming a successful Technical Writer is to apply for entry-level writing roles or roles in a specific industry that requires technical writing. These jobs can provide a foundation of understanding about writing techniques and specialist topics which can stand out on a CV and increase the likelihood of securing a job as a Technical Writer in the future.

Membership of an industry organisation can also be a valuable way to build contacts within the industry and land a suitable role.

The membership organisation for Technical Writers is the Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators.