On the Job
Technical Writers prepare written materials on technical subjects. For example, they may write manuals on how to operate or maintain different types of equipment. They may help to lay out or design documents.
This career requires good eyesight.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Research new technologies.
- Review details of technical drawings or specifications.
- Confer with clients to determine needs.
- Compile technical information or documentation.
- Maintain records, documents, or other files.
- Write informational material.
- Design layouts for print publications.
- Determine presentation subjects or content.
- Draw detailed or technical illustrations.
- Edit written materials.
Typical Working Conditions
- Using e-mail.
- Working with a group or team.
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- Freedom to make decisions without supervision.
- Meeting strict deadlines.
- Working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions.
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