“Technical writers, also called technical communicators, produce instruction manuals and other supporting documents to communicate complex and technical information more easily. They also develop, gather, and disseminate technical information among customers, designers, and manufacturers.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

Becoming a Technical Communicator

Technical communication can be a lucrative career for those who enjoy both writing and technology. While jobs through 2020 are expected to grow at a rate slightly higher than the average for all occupations, the market is competitive.

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 Research Triangle Park region of North Carolina.

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.

STC Educational Offerings

STC offers a number of educational programs, some of them free to members.

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.