What Can I Do With a Major In Technical Writing & Communication?

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Major Information

Technical Writing & Communication involves communicating complex information to specific audiences with clarity and accuracy. Technical communicators write, organize, edit, and design information for a variety of workplace settings in business, health, technology, science, environment, and law. Turn your love of writing into a professional career with a technical writing & communication major.

As a technical writing student, you will study theories of rhetoric and communication and apply principles of audience analysis, digital writing, editing, information design, and usability. In our courses, you will engage in writing as a process and examine writing within diverse cultures and communities. You will also develop real-world, marketable skills in our competency areas.

All liberal arts degrees help CLA students develop their Core Career Competencies, and Technical writing and Communication majors develop specific skills that are applicable to lots of different careers. These skills include:

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Ability to conduct research and evaluate data
  • Ability to formulate clear and persuasive messages
  • Ability to apply rhetorical theory to professional practice
  • Information management
  • Listening, clarifying, questioning and responding skills
  • Ability to work well with diverse groups                                                

Interest code: EIA

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Career Options

Below is a small sampling of what alumni with this major have pursued, organized by the most common career fields they go into (although keep in mind that there are technical writing alumni in all eight of the career fields).  For more career information for Technical Writing & Communications majors, utilize these additional resources:

  • What Can I Do With This Major - Find information about common career paths, employers, and strategies for how to build experience in different career fields
  • LinkedIn's Alumni Tool - Explore thousands of alumni career pathways
  • GoldPASS - Explore different job, internship, and volunteer opportunities as well as career events on campus
Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required
 
Writing, Advertising, Public Relations, Journalism & Communications

Internships

  • Technical Writing Intern, The Toro Company
  • Science Communications Internship, Biotechnology Institute, Univ. of Minnesota
  • Technical Writing Intern, Graco
  • Digital Health Intern, Boston Scientific
  • Academic Intern, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
  • Information Technology Intern, Boston Scientific
  • Technical Documentation Intern, Unisys

Entry-Level

  • Web Content Writer/Editor, University of Minnesota
  • Communication Specialist, C.H. Robinson
  • Online Communications & Design Specialist, Self Esteem Brands
  • Technical Writer, Thomson Reuters
  • Account Executive, Houck Advertising
  • Technical Writer, Preco
  • Writer, Amcom Software
  • Technical Writer, Optum Health
  • Associate Technical Writer, Graco

Experienced

  • Online Communication & Design Specialist, Self Esteem Brands
  • Technical Writer, Christian Reformed World Relief
  • Designer, Periscope
  • Technical Writer, Medtronic
  • Editor, National Renewable Energy Lab
  • President, Riverview Writing
  • Technical Writer, Eco Water Systems Inc.
  • Lead Technical Writer, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Business, Consulting, Marketing & Sales

Entry-Level

  • Planning Analyst, Target
  • Marketing Manager, Degrees of Entertainment
  • Business Development Representative, Epicor Software

Experienced

  • Manager, Mayo Clinic*
  • Marketing Director, Brookfield
  • Operations Director, GovDelivery
  • Project Manager, IBM
  • Project Manager, Resource Data Inc.
  • Marketing Manager, Filament Marketing
  • Training and Development Specialist, J&B Group
  • Administrator, Delta Airlines*
  • Marketing Director, Health Partners Inc.
  • Consultant, Boston Scientific*
  • Account Executive, Exponent
  • Training and Development Associate, Target Stores