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By Rowena Fernandez
A technical writer is one who words technical information in the simplest form, which makes it easy for average minds to comprehend. They could write articles about new machinery, car manuals, and industrial guides. The job includes simplifying jargon that lay people may not understand, and breaking down complex procedures as well.
Taking up this job doesn’t restrict you to a routine day by day procedure; rather, you would be exposed to many different things each and every day, depending on the field of your choice. In general, you could pick to write for a specific field, say, engineering which would confine you to write reports, articles, manuals and guides for all things related to engineering. This would be the same concept for the medical field, architecture, business, agriculture and so on.
In addition to that, if you choose to work for a magazine column or newspaper section, you would get a full range exposure to different things. You could be writing about the latest IT gadget today and newfound medical machinery tomorrow. Also, being a technical writer gives you job opportunities within the government sector as well. The brochures and pamphlets that are published by the Government Publishing Office would be your responsibility. These pamphlets cover a wide range of fields such as medicine, agriculture, engineering, education, aerospace and etcetera.
Furthermore, if you do not want to be tied down to one job, then take the risk of being a freelancer. This way, you could do completely different things and go deeper into a field of your interest. The downfall of this would be that you may not be able to obtain a steady income.
In conclusion, do not belittle the role of a technical writer as there are many different things they could do. Having read this, do put this career on your list of choices if you’ve got the interest in writing and the technical world.