“Technical writers, also called technical communications, prepare instruction manuals, how-to guides, journal articles, and other supporting documents to communicate complex and technical information more easily.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

How STC Carolina can help you become a technical writer

Technical communication can be a lucrative career for those who enjoy both writing and technology. While jobs through 2028 are expected to grow at a rate faster than the average for all occupations, the market is competitive.

STC Carolina can help you hone your background, interests, and skillset into the educational and career path that you want. We are a community of technical writers across all experience ranges and industries such as technology, healthcare, education, research & development, industrial systems, agriculture, professional services, government, and nonprofits.

Concerned about in-person events or costs? Most of our offerings are virtual and free, or at reduced price for students. Even if you’re not a member yet, we encourage you to try out an event or two, and get in touch with us.

Building a Portfolio

STC Carolina provides many opportunities for you to build up your portfolio.

Connecting with Professionals

Breaking into the technical communication field can also be fun! STC Carolina provides many ways to get to know people.

How to get the training to become a technical writer

A career in technical communication generally requires a bachelor’s degree at minimum. However, employers also require specialized training, whether through an educational institution or experience on the job. Applicants must have a portfolio showing their work in the field.

If you don’t have degree, seeking a bachelor’s in technical communication may be your best path into the field. However, many practitioners start in other occupations and transition into technical communication. For those who have a bachelor’s degree but no specialized training, a number of avenues into the field are available in the Carolinas area.

Master’s Degree Programs

North Carolina State University offers a master of science degree in technical communication.

East Carolina University offers a master of arts degree in English with a concentration in technical and professional communication. The ECU program has a distance learning option.

Certificate Programs

Duke University offers a certificate program  in technical communication that runs from September–May. The faculty for the program includes several STC Carolina members.

East Carolina University also offers a certificate program  in professional communication. It requires the completion of 5 courses from the technical and professional communication curriculum.

Free Online Resources

A wealth of free information about technical communication is available online. Below are just some of the resources.