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RE: What are the most interesting things I can do while working 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 creates documentation in many forms such as printed, web-based or other electronic means.

Engineers, scientists, 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 skills that each and every Technical Writer must have will be a Good Communication and Interpersonal Skills so that they may write across a variety of genres and fields.


Technical Writer Responsibilities and Duties:
1. Research, write, edit and proofread complex technical data
2. Create, Maintain, and update manuals, procedures, specifications, and other documents.
3. Create, maintain, and update installation instructions, training material, and other technical documents.
4. Design and establish style guidelines and standards for texts and illustrations to meet business needs.
5. Create, compile and deliver software developmental documentation packages.
6. Review, revise, modify or edit documents prepared by others.
7. Coordinate project plans, budget and determine resources.
8. Compile, organize, and write online help files to support end-users.
9. Write technical documents in compliance to the company's established standards and guidelines.
10. Evaluate and recommend revisions to standards and guidelines.
11. Provide writing, editing, and design support to other team members.

Technical writers works with most of above given things or roles and responsibilities.


Relevant Designations:
Some of the relevant designations are:
1. Technical Writer
2. Technical Documentation Specialist
3. Procedure Writer
4. Technical Editor
5. Technical Proposal Writer
6. Business Analyst.


Further doubts or queries feel free to contact.

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Regards,
Rahul.

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