The Hidden Tech Job: Technical Writing
Although most tech jobs involve working hands-on with hardware or software, as a technical writer you create documentation that helps consumers or experts understand how to use a product or service. You are not the software engineer or computer systems analyst, but you still play an important role in the tech industry.
On the consumer side, think about all of those people who bought a new computer for the first time. They needed guidance on how to set up and maintain their new product. That’s where the technical writer comes in. You are the person who not only needs to understand the product, but also needs to document valuable information for users in a coherent manner. You are the person who understands the product’s complexities, yet can break down this information in a more simple manner for consumers who may be less technologically versed.
In order to become a technical writer you need to have at least a bachelor’s degree. Education-wise you can major in a technical field such as computer science or engineering. However, many technical writers actually major in English, journalism or communications with specialized knowledge or a minor in a technical field.
According to salary.com, an Entry-level Technical Writer with 0-2 years of experience can expect to earn about $50,000 a year. Keep in mind, salaries can vary by region. However, an Entry-level Technical Writer does make more than the average entry-level college graduate, especially when you compare this to other careers in the humanities.
Not only does a career in technical writing provide a great salary, it appears to offer many job opportunities as well. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the number of jobs in technical writing to grow by about 15%, faster than the national average.
If you are still not convinced the technical writing is a great tech job, consider this article by Business Insider. Technical Writing was ranked one of the highest-paying jobs for low-stress environments.
With high salaries, plentiful job opportunities and a low-stress-factor, who wouldn’t at least consider technical writing as a tech job for them?