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By Craig H
Many writers struggle to combine their passion for words with making a living. They work hard on pouring their souls onto the written page, only to see little monetary reward for their work. It’s a hard life.
However, by combining those literary skills with some technical research, they can turn their passion for language into a rewarding career. Technical writing is a growing field; it is predicted to outpace other writing fields in terms of future job growth. It also pays quite well.
Tech writers are employed by many industries. Engineering, biology, medicine, software design, and other such fields are highly dependent on communication. While the experts working in these fields have vast knowledge about the products that they produce, they may not have the skills or desire to communicate with users on how to use those products effectively.
Writers are employed to write installation instructions, standard operating procedures, training materials, and more. Those who work in corporate environments often enjoy the benefits of a calm, quiet workplace in which to write, and perks such as free coffee and company events.
The Internet has provided many opportunities for writers with a bit of technical knowledge. Writers can create technical reports and sell them via online distributors. By catering to niche markets, the writer can provide detailed documents that solve problems faced by many kinds of businesses. These detailed documents can be lucrative if they are marketed well. Such reports can be sold via trade publications or online.
Also, freelancing opportunities are ripe for technical writers. Businesses often hire freelancers to write procedural manuals, training guides, and other documents that they are unable to produce in-house efficiently.
Contracting and consulting opportunities also exist for those interested in technical writing. Often small software companies will create products with poor documentation. These companies are great targets for marketing technical writing services. By writing online help and user manuals for those products, technical writers can produce income and build a network of clients.
Furthermore, the skills that technical writers offer can easily translate into related fields such as Internet publishing, product management, software testing (Q&A), product support, and project management.
For ultimate financial success, writers employed by corporations can create passive sources of income to supplement their earnings. In addition to technical reports, writers can create “How to” manuals, reference guides, interactive training materials, membership programs on technical subjects, and more. By combining technical writing with good business sense, many products can be created and marketed profitably.
If you have a degree in a writing-related field, such as Journalism, English, or Communications, you may wish to give Technical Writing some consideration. It might be the job you’ve always dreamed about!
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