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How is it different to work in corporate world or a freelancer as a technical writer?

What is the major diffrence between these two

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RE: How is it different to work in corporate world or a freelancer as a technical writer?

Rahul Shinde
Rahul Shinde
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Hi,


Greeting's for the day!!!

A Technical Writer is a Professional Writer who engages in technical writing and produces technical documentation for technical, business, and consumer audiences. The Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators defines the profession as preparing Information that helps users who use the product. This documentation includes online help, user guides/manuals, white papers, design specifications, system manuals, project plans, test plans, business correspondence,etc. Technical writer create documentation in many forms, such as printed, web-based, or other electronics means.

Engineers, Scientist, and other professionals may also produce Technical Writing, but often hand it off to a professional technical writer for developmental editing, proofreading, editing and formatting.


Required Skill Sets:
In addition to solid research, language, writing and revision skills, a technical writer may have skills in :
1. Information Design
2. Information Architecture
3. Training Material Development
4. Illustration /Graphic Design
5. Website Design Management
6. Indexing
7. Localization / Technical Translation
8. User Interfaces
9. Business Analysis

A Technical Writer may apply their skills in the production of non-technical content, for example, writing high-level consumer information.

Most important still that each and every Technical writer must have will be the Good Communication and Interpersonal Skills so that they may write across a variety of genres and fields.


Career Growth:
there are not necessarily one standard career path for technical writers, but they may move into project management over other writers. A writer may advance to senior technical writer position, handling complex projects or a small team of writers and editors. In large groups, a documentation manager might handle multiple projects and teams.

Technical Writer may also gain expertise in particular technical domain and branch into related forms, such as software quality analysis or business analysis. A Technical Writer who becomes a subject matter expert in a field may transition from technical writing to work in that field.

Technical Writers with expertise in writing skills can join printed media, or electronic media companies, potentially providing an opportunity to make more money and / or improved working conditions.


Freelance Opportunities:
Technical Writing has one of the highest freelancing opportunities, aside from the web design and language. Many technical writers will work as consultants and freelance their services to companies who do not have enough work to staff a technical writer full time.

Successful freelance technical writers are those persons who do not only posses excellent communication skills, but are also able to quickly and easily learn their client's environment. Although it possible, freelance technical writers do not normally specialize in one area, but rather offer their services to a variety of companies across multiple industries. Therefore, a freelance technical writer must have a very short learning curve to new concepts and technologies. Also, most companies that hire a freelance technical writer is looking for a full documentation solution.


Further doubts or queries feel free to contact.

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Regards,
Rahul.

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