Why Be a Technical Writer?

What are the advantages of becoming a technical writer? It’s a profession with a daunting name. As I discussed in an earlier post, it can be unclear whether the emphasis is on “technical” or “writer”. It’s actually on both. There’s also an emphasis on creativity, collaboration, new experiences, and job security. Technical writing is a growing profession with a lot of opportunity. Let’s take a look at five reasons to become a technical writer.

Job Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of technical writers is expected to grow 10 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. It’s always good to be able to say that not only are there jobs out there for you, but there will continue to be more as time goes on.

So You Love Writing…

But don’t think the creative writing field is for you? I found myself in this exact situation. I love English and writing, but I have trouble sitting down and working on storylines and character development. I much prefer considering user analysis and working with subject matter experts. However, I believe that the creative writing types can find satisfaction in this field as well. On Tom Johnson’s blog, guest writer Lopamudra Mishra wrote the post “Is Technical Writing Creative?” and expressed her opinion that technical writing is a creative activity.

Satisfy Your Curiosity

Technical writing is a great way to dabble in fields that you’re interested in. Technical writers can work with software developers, in the healthcare industry, and with all different kinds of scientists. You can pick and choose the technological field that you’d like to write for. Keep in mind that you won’t necessarily be expected to have a comprehensive knowledge of the field coming into it. As I learned from my job shadowing at Thomson Reuters, a working knowledge will most likely be taught on the job.

Works Well with Others

I like to think of technical writers as mediators between groups of people. You will work with subject matter experts and talk to users about what they need. If you love to collaborate and talk to different kinds of people, this may be the job for you.

Job Satisfaction

Being a technical writer means that you’re helping people get the information they need and understand it. I am confident that I will be happy knowing that my chosen career will help contribute to the advancement of knowledge.


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