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Technical Writers


Median wages


Write technical materials, such as equipment manuals, appendices, or operating and maintenance instructions. May assist in layout work.
  • 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.
  • Select photographs, drawings, sketches, diagrams, and charts to illustrate material.
  • Interview production and engineering personnel and read journals and other material to become familiar with product technologies and production methods.
  • Develop or maintain online help documentation.
  • Assist in laying out material for publication.
  • Study drawings, specifications, mockups, and product samples to integrate and delineate technology, operating procedure, and production sequence and detail.
  • Arrange for typing, duplication, and distribution of material.
  • Observe production, developmental, and experimental activities to determine operating procedure and detail.
  • Review manufacturer's and trade catalogs, drawings and other data relative to operation, maintenance, and service of equipment.
  • Analyze developments in specific field to determine need for revisions in previously published materials and development of new material.
  • Draw sketches to illustrate specified materials or assembly sequence.
  • Review published materials and recommend revisions or changes in scope, format, content, and methods of reproduction and binding.
  • Confer with customer representatives, vendors, plant executives, or publisher to establish technical specifications and to determine subject material to be developed for publication.
  • Computer aided design CAD software Hot technology — Autodesk AutoCAD Hot technology ; Dassault Systems SOLIDWORKS; PTC Creo Parametric Hot technology
  • Computer based training software — Adobe Systems Adobe Captivate
  • Configuration management software — IBM Rational ClearCase; Perforce Helix software Hot technology
  • Content workflow software — Atlassian JIRA Hot technology
  • Data base reporting software — Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services Hot technology ; Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer; SAP Crystal Reports Hot technology
  • Data base user interface and query software — Author-it; Microsoft Access Hot technology ; Structured query language SQL Hot technology ; Talisma Knowledgebase
  • Data mining software — IBM Cognos Business Intelligence
  • Desktop publishing software — Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign Hot technology ; MadCap Software MadCap Flare; Microsoft Publisher Hot technology ; PTC Arbortext 
  • Development environment software — Darwin information typing architecture DITA; IBM Rational ClearQuest; Microsoft Visual Basic Hot technology ; Standardized general markup language SGML
  • Document management software — Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat Hot technology
  • Electronic mail software — IBM Notes Hot technology ; Microsoft Outlook Hot technology
  • Enterprise application integration software — Extensible markup language XML Hot technology
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software Hot technology — SAP Business Objects Hot technology
  • File versioning software — Git Hot technology
  • Financial analysis software — Oracle E-Business Suite Financials Hot technology
  • Graphical user interface development software — Adobe Systems Adobe RoboHelp
  • Graphics or photo imaging software — Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop Hot technology ; Corel CorelDraw Graphics Suite; Corel Paint Shop Pro; Microsoft Visio Hot technology
  • Internet browser software — Web browser software
  • Medical software — Epic Systems Hot technology
  • Object or component oriented development software — Objective C Hot technology ; Oracle Java Hot technology
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office
  • Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint Hot technology
  • Project management software — Microsoft Project Hot technology ; Microsoft SharePoint Hot technology
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel Hot technology
  • Web page creation and editing software — Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver Hot technology ; Adobe Systems Adobe Flash Player; JustSystems XMetaL; Quadralay WebWorks ePublisher
  • Web platform development software — Hypertext markup language HTML Hot technology ; JavaScript Hot technology ; Microsoft ASP.NET; PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor Hot technology
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word

Hot technology Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.

  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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