Technical Writers
SOC: 27-3042.00


Write technical materials, such as equipment manuals, appendices, or operating and maintenance instructions. May assist in layout work.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
52,000 employed

Projected (2024):
57,300 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Assembly Instructions Writer
  • Chief Writer
  • Clinical Writer
  • Com Writer
  • Contract Writer
  • Director, Medical Writing
  • Document Specialist
  • Documentation Designer
  • Documentation Specialist
  • Documentation Specialist/Technical Writer
  • Documentation Writer
  • Editor
  • Electronic Publications Specialist
  • Electronic Publisher
  • Engineering Documentation Specialist
  • Engineering Writer
  • Expert Medical Writer
  • Global Technical Writer
  • Grant Writer
  • Handbook Writer
  • Health Science Writer
  • Health Technical Writer
  • Information Developer
  • Lexicographer
  • Manager, Medical Writing
  • Manual Writer
  • Medical Technical Writer
  • Medical Writer
  • Narrative Writer
  • Principal Technical Writer
  • Process Description Writer
  • Proposal Coordinator
  • Proposal Writer
  • Publication Specialist
  • Quality Analyst/Technical Writer
  • Report Writer
  • Requirements Analyst
  • Scientific Technical Writer
  • Scientific Writer
  • Senior Consultant in Document Excellence
  • Senior Label Specialist
  • Senior Medical Writer
  • Senior Publications Specialist
  • Senior Technical Editor
  • Senior Technical Writer
  • Specifications Writer
  • Tech Writer
  • Technical and Scientific Publications Editor
  • Technical Communicator
  • Technical Editor
  • Technical Publications Writer
  • Technical Report Writer
  • Technical Writer
  • Technical Writer (Consultant)
  • Technical Writer and Editor
  • Technical Writing Lead/Mgr

  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed


    A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.


    Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Organize material and complete writing assignment according to set standards regarding order, clarity, conciseness, style, and terminology.
  • Maintain records and files of work and revisions.
  • Edit, standardize, or make changes to material prepared by other writers or establishment personnel.
  • Confer with customer representatives, vendors, plant executives, or publisher to establish technical specifications and to determine subject material to be developed for publication.
  • Review published materials and recommend revisions or changes in scope, format, content, and methods of reproduction and binding.
  • Select photographs, drawings, sketches, diagrams, and charts to illustrate material.
  • Study drawings, specifications, mockups, and product samples to integrate and delineate technology, operating procedure, and production sequence and detail.
  • Interview production and engineering personnel and read journals and other material to become familiar with product technologies and production methods.
  • Observe production, developmental, and experimental activities to determine operating procedure and detail.
  • Arrange for typing, duplication, and distribution of material.
  • Assist in laying out material for publication.
  • Analyze developments in specific field to determine need for revisions in previously published materials and development of new material.
  • Review manufacturer's and trade catalogs, drawings and other data relative to operation, maintenance, and service of equipment.
  • Draw sketches to illustrate specified materials or assembly sequence.
  • Develop or maintain online help documentation.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Compact digital cameras
  • Computer data input scanners
  • Desktop computers
  • Laptop computers
  • Personal computers
  • Universal serial bus USB flash drives
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Captivate
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Flash Player
  • Adobe Systems Adobe FrameMaker
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe RoboHelp
  • Author-it
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • Cascading Style Sheets CSS
  • Corel CorelDraw Graphics Suite
  • Corel Paint Shop Pro
  • Corel Ventura
  • Darwin information typing architecture DITA
  • Epic Systems software
  • Extensible markup language XML
  • Hypertext markup language HTML
  • IBM Cognos Business Intelligence
  • IBM Notes
  • IBM Rational ClearCase
  • IBM Rational ClearQuest
  • JavaScript
  • JustSystems XMetaL
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft ASP.NET
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • Microsoft SharePoint software
  • Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Microsoft Visual Basic
  • Microsoft Word
  • Objective C
  • Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Financials
  • Oracle Java
  • Oracle JavaServer Pages JSP
  • Oracle software
  • PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor
  • PTC Arbortext
  • PTC Creo Parametric
  • Quadralay WebWorks ePublisher
  • SAP Business Objects software
  • SAP Crystal Reports
  • SolidWorks CAD software
  • Standardized general markup language SGML
  • Structured query language SQL
  • Talisma Knowledgebase
  • Web browser software

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    industry stats

    SOC: 27-0000

    Total Employed: 1,843,600

    Average Annual Salary: $56,980