The explosion of technology and the pace at which businesses, industries, and even average consumers are adopting it has fostered the development of technical writing courses. There has never before been a time when so many people were using intricate technology that they do not understand. Writers are needed who can explain how things function and how they are used - people with excellent writing skills and a gift for communicating complex ideas to others. If you enjoy writing and you are good at explaining things to people with less knowledge than you, you will probably make an excellent technical writer.
Technical writing training often focuses on writing specifications and user manuals for computer software; however, this is just one aspect of the profession. Technical writers also write manuals for household technology - kitchen appliances, laundry appliances, vacuum systems - or construction equipment, vehicle user manuals, medical device manuals, detailed procedures for medical tests, or any of the other technical products and procedures so prevalent in our lives. Think about which of these areas interests you the most and when you are evaluating technical writing courses, look for the ones that will cover the subjects you want to pursue.
Most of us have had experiences with user manuals that either don't give us the information we're looking for, or don't clearly explain some process or procedure that we need to understand. Most of us have shaken our heads over material that is poorly organized, poorly written, or poorly translated from another language. This is why there is a growing need for graduates of technical writing courses who can produce good documentation. If you are already a good communicator, technical writing training will give you the polish you need to turn you into an excellent communicator.
There are some good technical writing courses available online; indeed, the personal computer is unsurpassed as a writing tool and the internet supplies the communication abilities that make online education an excellent venue for this type of learning. The best technical writing training is offered by universities with accredited online programs. Successful students earn university degrees in technical writing that will give them a great base for a successful career.
Technical writers in the United States earn between 33,000 and 88,000 annually: graduates of technical writing courses tend to earn slightly more in some of the northeastern states and in California and Hawaii. Technical writing training also puts you at the front of the line for the best jobs, ahead of candidates who have not specialized in this form of written communication. If you think you'd like to pursue a career in technical writing, it's worth investigating the education options and requesting information from schools that offer this type of program.
Salary stats were taken from America's Career InfoNet.