Career as Technical Writer

Early Salary

50 K - 1 L

Mid Salary

4 - 5 L

Senior Salary

7 - 8 L

Academic Pressure

Low

Job Pressure

Medium

	Technical Writer

Technical writing involves activities including information requirement analysis, information design, information development, information quality assurance, information publication, information archival and retrieval and post-publication resolution of information issues. Technical writing as an activity communicates information that is clear, concise, creative, correct, compliant, consistent and ultimately helpful to the audience.

What do they do?

The job of a technical writer involves preparing information in such a manner that it helps technical, business, and consumer audiences. A technical writer is responsible for producing technical documentation which may include online help, user guides/manuals, project plans or design specifications.

 

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Skills Needed

  •  Basic to expert level language editing skills
  •  Knowledge of Lotus Symphony, MS Office, Adobe Technical Communication Suite, FileNet, Author IT, Documentum, etc
  •  Basic to expert level programming language skills like C, C++, Java. Certain job roles will require knowledge of specific applications and tools like Databases, ERP, CAD, etc

How do I get there?

Unlike other professions, you do not require any specific qualification, degree or certificate. Some organisations prefer a mass communication or literature background. Candidates with knowledge of content management tools, specific programming languages and applications are more likely to land jobs as a technical writers.

Typical day in the life of a Technical Writer

9am: Reach office
10am: Check documentation issues, prioritise them
10.30am: Discussions with programmers or quality team, depending on the relevance of the issue. 
1.30pm: Lunch
2.30pm: Get content reviewed and published  
3.30pm: Team meetings, training sessions 
6pm: Leave for home
 

Pros & Cons about this career

. You get to learn more about the product you are writing about . Your words can reach the entire world as many will read about it . One can diversify into advertising

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