New Mexico Tech
Bachelor of Science in Technical Communication
For nearly 25 years, New Mexico Tech has offered a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Technical Communication. With its strong scientific and technical emphasis, New Mexico Tech is ideally suited for this program which teaches students to apply principles of communication and problem solving in order to transfer information effectively between scientists, engineers, managers, technicians, and the general public.
According to the 2007 Society for Technical Communication salary survey, the average annual salary for technical communicators was approximately $60,000. And according to the U.S Department of Labor, the projected 10 year job growth for technical writing (2006-2016) is estimated at 20%, which is defined as “faster than average” growth. The U.S DOL further goes on to say that:
“Opportunities should be best for technical writers and those with training in a specialized field. Demand for technical writers and writers with expertise in areas such as law, medicine, or economics is expected to increase because of the continuing expansion of scientific and technical information and the need to communicate it to others. Legal, scientific, and technological developments and discoveries generate demand for people to interpret technical information for a more general audience. Rapid growth and change in the high-technology and electronics industries result in a greater need for people to write users’ guides, instruction manuals, and training materials. This work requires people who not only are technically skilled as writers, but also are familiar with the subject area.” http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos089.htm
Technical communicators work throughout the United States, and even throughout the world, though some specializations are often found in very particular areas. In New Mexico, technical communicators are employed heavily by the large defense industry found in the state. But they are also often employed by the various city and county governments and the many nonprofit organizations found in New Mexico.