Technical Writers and Editors

The writing and editing field is generally very competitive. Each year, there are more people trying to enter this field than there are available openings. The field of technical writing and editing, though, offers more opportunities than other areas of writing and editing, such as book publishing or journalism. Employment opportunities for technical writers are expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2022. Job opportunities for editors who work for software publishers are expected to grow much faster than the average during this period. Demand is increasing for technical writers who can produce well-written computer manuals and content for the Web. In addition to software publishers and computer systems design and related services firms, management, scientific, and technical consulting services firm are showing an increased need for technical writers. (On the other hand, employment for technical writers who work for computer and electronic product manufacturers is expected to decline by nearly 16 percent through 2022.) Rapid growth in the high technology and electronics industries and the Internet will create a continuing demand for people to write users' guides, instruction manuals, and training materials. Technical writers will be needed to produce copy that describes developments and discoveries in law, science, and technology for a more general audience.

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