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.
can do with a major in technical
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These are just a few of the job titles technical writers and communicators might have:
- Documentation specialist
- Information architect
- Technical editor
- Technical writer
- Usability specialist
- User experience designer
- Content strategist
–Heidi Cameron, BS 2014
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.
Jonathon Korum, BS 2011