Do you have a knack for explaining complex subjects in a way that makes them easy to understand? If so, you should consider entering the well-paying field of technical writing. Technical writing is important to all sorts of industries and jobs, from engineers to financial advisers to healthcare workers. If you’re in a position where communication is important—or would like to be— Technical Writing is the field for you!
- 6.5 hours of reading text/video/quizzes
- Practice Quizzes
- On-Demand Instructors
- Downloadable Resources
- Lifetime access to Certificate
- Access on Desktop, Mobile, and TV
- E.W. Certificate of Completion
- Access to Resume and Job Placement Tools
- Timed Final Exam (Quiz)
What is Technical Writing?
Technical writing is the art and science of translating technical information into readable, accessible writing usable by a wide audience. If you have ever read the user’s manual for a piece of software or equipment you’ve purchased, you’ve seen technical writing in action. Creating manuals, help and technical support systems, online help systems, and instruction manuals are some of the main projects technical writers take on. Since nearly every business in every industry imaginable has at least an occasional need to bring technical information to its users and customers, technical writing is found in nearly every business, government agency, and non-profit organization.
- Because technical writing is such an interesting and dynamic field, it requires preparation and employs both the logical and creative sides of your brain.
- The best technical writers have excellent communication and listening skills, as well as people skills, and know how to ask the right questions.
Technical writers are in the upper echelon on the salary pay scale. Beginner technical writers can make a starting pay anywhere between 55k-70k depending on their location, while experienced technical writers will make anywhere between 85k-135k based on having 6-15 years of experience.
If you work in the high tech industry, technical writing may already be a part of your job description and daily duties. If you love to write, enjoy learning, and have an interest in technology, technical writing can be an exciting, rewarding career in itself. Job opportunities in the field are expected to grow as technology continues to advance. Take a look at the statistics on the average starting pay for technical writers below:
Average Salary: 70k-135k (Increases to 10-15k per added year of experience)
Average Per Hour: 25.00-65.00 (Increases to 5-10/hr per added year of experience)
What We Do
We teach you the most important skills necessary to be a technical writer, including how to land your first job and where to go from there. When you take a class online with Embry-Williams, you can easily fit the lessons into your busy schedule. We’re your flexible learning partner, here to help you achieve your goals, your way. Throughout the course, questions are more than welcome—an inquisitive mind is an excellent trait for a technical writer to have.
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Beginning of a Great Career!
Purchase of the following materials are recommended but are not required to complete this course.
1. Introduction to Technical Writing
Learn about what technical writing is and why there is such huge need for it
2. The Technical Writing Process
Learn about the Technical Writing Process and Approach
3. Identifying the Audience
Learn how to identify and write documentation for user specific audiences
4. Research and Gathering Content from Experts
Learn how to research and gather dontent from SME's
5. Document Structure & Formatting
Learn how to structure and format documentation
6. Writing the Technical Document
Learn how to write a technical document and prepare it for review
7. Peer Review & Leadership Approval
Learn how draft documents are peer reviewed and approved by leadership
8. Publishing Documents
Learn how and where to publish approved documentation
9. Communicate & Distribute Documentation
Learn how to effectively communicate and distribute published documents
10. Final Exam
This marks the end of the course and the start of your exam. Good Luck!