Technical Writers and Editors

Technical writers, sometimes called technical communicators, express technical and scientific ideas in easy-to-understand language. Technical editors revise written text to correct any errors and make it read smoothly and clearly. They also may coordinate the activities of technical writers, technical illustrators, and other staff in preparing material for publication and oversee the document development and production processes. Technical writers hold about 47,300 jobs and editors, including technical editors, hold about 98,790 jobs in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Technical Communicators
Duties Express technical and scientific ideas in easy-to-understand language (writer); revise written text to correct errors and make it read smoothly and clearly (editor)
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • English
  • Journalism
Experience Internship; Experience as an assistant
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Organized
  • Technical
  • Computer
  • Math
  • Writing
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Project Manager or Freelance Business Owner
  • Senior Writer or Editor
  • Technical Editor
  • Technical Writer
  • Editorial Assistant, or Copy Editor, or Proofreader, or Research Assistant

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