Do you possess stellar writing and editing skills? Are you good at distilling complex information into clear, concise text? Build a career working as a technical writer.

The online Communication Studies program supplies the knowledge and credentials needed to work as a technical writer.

What Does a Career as a Technical Writer Look Like?

Technical writers craft technical materials such as equipment manuals, appendices, or operating and maintenance instructions.

Technical writers typically:

  • Organize material and complete writing assignments according to set standards regarding order, clarity, conciseness, style, and terminology.
  • Maintain records and files of work and revisions.
  • Edit, standardize, or make changes to material prepared by other writers or establishment personnel.
  • Select photographs, drawings, sketches, diagrams, and charts to illustrate material.
  • Interview production and engineering personnel and read journals and other material to become familiar with product technologies and production methods.

Technical Writer Career Salary and Forecast

Professionals working in North Carolina as technical writers earn a median salary of $67,257 (as of 2018).

The average salary in North Carolina for graduates of this program is $67,257 (as of 2018). This average salary is above the living wage for North Carolina

Job opportunities for North Carolina professionals working in this career are growing at a rate of 22.7% per year. This job growth rate is significantly higher than the national labor market average of 7.4%.

the number of people employed in this field is expected to grow in the next 10 years.

What Education is Required to Work as a Technical Writer?

Approximately 83% of the professionals currently working as a technical writer have a bachelor’s degree, and approximately 18% have a master’s degree.

All advertised education levels: High School:1% Associates Degree: 5.5% Bachelor's Degree: 91.3% Master's Degree: 14.7% Doctoral Degree: 2.8%

Technical Writer Job Opportunities

Job titles in this industry vary by employer. Graduates of this degree program find employment working as the following:

  • Technical Writer
  • Writer
  • Documentation Designer
  • Documentation Specialist
  • Engineering Writer
  • Expert Medical Writer
  • Information Developer
  • Narrative Writer
  • Requirements Analyst
  • Senior Technical Writer
  • Technical Communicator

Technical writers are in demand. Explore job opportunities here.

Ready to Get Started?

Ready to put your writing and editing skills to work? Apply now to get the education required to work as a technical writer.

Data sourced from Burning Glass Program Insight and: 
Burning Glass Technologies. 2018.