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.


Quick Facts
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)
Alternate Title(s) Technical Communicator
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country; some writers and editors work from home offices
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • English
  • Journalism
Experience Writing and technical experience will be helpful
Skills
  • Computer
  • Math
  • Writing
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Organized
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification None
Special Requirements None
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