What does a Technical Writer do?

Technical writers are responsible for the management of the consistency of technical written content. Because technical writing is versatile in nature and demand, it can be found across many company departments, including marketing and customer relations. Technical writers also assist research scientists and institutions with writing grants and proposals and prepare instruction manuals, how-to guides, journal articles and other documents that represent complex and technical information more easily to the reader.

Technical writers help develop and gather relevant technical information and to share the completed information through an organization's communication channels, which could be internal, external, or both. Technical writers may be called upon to work with product liability specialists or customer service managers to improve the end-user experience through design change for new products. They manage the flow of information during product development and testing processes and phases. They can also conduct usability studies to improve product design and gather research courtesy of libraries and websites and their own observations and discussions with technical experts. Technical writers often have a bachelor’s degree in journalism, as well as specialized knowledge or additional degrees in related fields like medicine or computer science.

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Avg. Experience2-4 years

Technical Writer Salaries

Average Base Pay

£40,286 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: £40K
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Technical Writer Career Path

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Articulate Inc.Articulate Inc.
Technical Writer
15 Oct 2021

“Monthly business updates are informative and fun at the same time—recent example: our CTO introduced his new pup after reviewing the product roadmap.”

Swanson ReedSwanson Reed
Technical Writer
7 Nov 2019

“Management genuinely cared about and listened to any concerns I had about the job and responded to those concerns quickly.”

Patricio EnterprisesPatricio Enterprises
Technical Writer
23 Jun 2021

“Not sure the manager I worked with even knew what he was doing when it came to managing others.”

Technical Writer
14 Aug 2020

“Manager is also very supportive in taking online courses that I feel help my career.”

Technical Writer
31 Dec 2019

“digit percentage pay increase compared to previous employer even though I was previously a manager.”

Technical Writer
9 Feb 2021

“life balance and enjoy both personal and professional life.”

Technical Writer
21 Sep 2020

“Friendly and really smart folks to work with.”

Helen of TroyHelen of Troy
Senior Technical Writer
27 Jul 2021

“I have opportunities to thrive and grow here that I have not had anywhere else throughout my professional career.”

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