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Technical Writer

Find out how to become a technical writer in the Information Technology sector. Discover information on salary, growth, stability and occupational expectations.

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The current average salary of an Technical Writer is $50,300 - 106,500 annually

Overview

Technical writers are responsible for creating documentation that communicates technical information in a specific area. While employment for this role is expected to slightly decrease in the next 5 years, from 24,600 in 2017 to 23,700 in 2022, there are still 11,000 job openings expected to pop up over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

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Key skills

Technical writers must have the exceptional skill of using text to communicate detailed, clear information on their field of expertise.

  • An excellent ability to write up detailed, informative documentation using non-technical language
  • Excellent research skills for gathering all the technical information they need to write
  • A thorough knowledge of the area, field, or industry they are writing about
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Excellent ability to meet deadlines and work efficiently under pressure
  • Good at multitasking and time management

Quick facts

Technical writers are meticulous individuals with an excellent skill in communication and research. Here are a few quick facts on the role of a technical writer.

Outlook
  • Average Hours Worked
    38.2 full-time hours per week vs. all jobs average of 40 hours
    *Source
  • Main Industries
    Information media and telecommunications; professional, scientific and technical services; and arts and recreation services
  • Average qualification level
    Recommended qualification levels for technical writers start at a certificate level

* All information on this page has been complied using figures from payscale.com.au and the Australian Government's joboutlook.gov.au - all figures are indications only, and are accurate at time of publication. Please do your own research before selecting a course or career.

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