Technical writing is essential to our daily lives, there are a variety of career options for technical communicators. The key to survival is to have an education, know where to look for a job, and be prepared with an up-to-date resume and confident interviewing skills. Job Outlook for Technical Communicators provides a definition for technical communicators as well as a guide on how to obtain a rewarding future in this field.
[...] The job market is becoming more competitive; some employers interview three or more people at the same time for the same position. Interviewing for a position is a chance to prove one's character. The employer will be looking to see if applicants are serious, motivated, confident, literate and articulate to determine whether or not he or she is qualified for the position. The key is to be the person the company will want representing them. Career fairs are definitely a good way to start exploring the job market. [...]
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[...] important in obtaining a career in technical writing: Writing Communicating effectively with others in writing as indicated by the needs of the audience. Listening Listening to what other people are saying and asking questions as appropriate. Speaking Talking to others to effectively convey information. Gathering Knowing how to find information and identifying essential information. Organizing Finding ways to structure or classify multiple pieces of information. Reorganizing Reorganizing information to get a better approach to problems or tasks. Learning Working with new material or information to grasp its implications. [...]
[...] Although technical writer is the common job title, below are other titles that fit the technical writer description. Copyeditor Copywriter Course Developer Curriculum Designer or Planner Documentation Contractor or Specialist Education Specialist Knowledge Analyst Trainer See appendix for a complete list of other job titles. With additional research one will find that the options are endless. WORKING ENVIRONMENT Because technical writers work for computer software firms or manufacturers of aircraft, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and computers and other electronic equipment”, the Northeast, Texas and California have the highest number of technical writers (Camenson 2001). [...]
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