Future of Technical Writers – Trends

Posted In Tech Writing - By Sudipa Sarkar On Thursday, November 20th, 2008 With 0 Comments

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Technical writing has become an increasingly essential occupation in business and government, and jobs can be found in almost any industry sector because of the need for users’ guides, instruction manuals, and training materials. Demand for Technical Writers is expected to grow because of the need to communicate new scientific and technical information to others.

Advancement for Technical Writers is unlimited. In many organizations, Technical Writers can advance to Information Designer, Senior Technical Writer, or Project Manager Positions. Most Senior Technical Writers complete projects with little or no supervision and must be thoroughly familiar with the project’s subject matter.

Technical Writers communicate ideas. They design information, participate in the product development process, and manage complex documentation projects. In the early phases technical writers are often responsible for communications between the developers and the end-users of a product.

In fact, the field of Technical Writing is so vast it is very hard to define exactly what it is.

Beginning Technical Writers produce the following types of documents:

  • Product brochures, web sites, and other marketing tools that explain the benefits of the software to buyers.
  • User Guides, manuals, tutorials, and step-by-step task lists that guide new users learning the software.
  • Installation and maintenance guides that show the administrator and experienced user how to configure and troubleshoot the software.

As you advance in your career you may find yourself writing more advanced documents:

  • Requirement Specifications that document the needs, goals, and environment of the users of the product.
  • Design documents that describe the workings and interactions of the system.
  • Control documents that communicate project standards, configuration, schedule and work tasks.
  • Test cases that detail the required functionality so the software conforms to the specifications.

-Sudipa Sarkar