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Career Exploration

More than Just Writing

Technical writers and communicators do far more than write. They also design information, integrate visuals, deliver presentations, and work in teams. Technical communicators may collaborate with scientists, engineers, doctors, designers, or computer programmers on products and services. Technical communicators transform concepts and ideas into appropriate forms that audiences can use and understand such as reports, newsletters, policy, and procedure manuals, brochures, user manuals, videos, online documentation, multimedia, and websites.

“I took a job at the company I've been interning with as
a Courseware Developer. The S&TC [scientific & technical
communication, now technical writing & communication]
program was amazing and before graduating I had already
received three job offers. Thank you for all your support
and hard work that has made this program such a great one.
It is a really special degree and I feel totally prepared
for the work world."
–Heidi Cameron, BS 2014

These are just a few of the job titles technical writers and communicators might have:

  • Content strategist
  • Documentation specialist
  • Information architect
  • Technical editor
  • Technical writer
  • Usability specialist
  • User experience designer

Careers in the Twin Cities

The demand for trained technical communicators is strong and likely to increase. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 10% increase in technical communication employment from 2014 to 2024. The Twin Cities is home to many companies and organizations that hire technical communicators including Medtronic, Unisys, IBM, Symantec, U.S. Bank, Fredrickson Communications, LSS Data Systems, Soulo Communications, Xata Corporation, and more. The Department of Writing Studies maintains connections with several of these companies and hosts networking events for students. See our alumni section for a list of businesses and educational institutions where our graduates are employed.

For further information on what you can do with a major in technical writing and communication, career planning, or working with our career counselor, Joyce Halverson, please visit CLA Career Services.

Jonathon Korum, BS 2011