Some alternative titles for this role
- Technical Author
- Technical Communicator
What the job involves
- Write, edit and proofread texts
- Collate and verify information
- Create and edit pictures and diagrams
- Liaise with printers, photographers and translators
- Produce indices and catalogues
How your career can develop
With the rapid pace of progress in technology, medical and scientific advancements and the need for professionals to translate specialised data for non-professionals, prospects are bright for dedicated technical writers. Many opt for self-employment and build their own business.
Why it matters?
Everything from a four page user manual for a calculator, to a 900 page document for a new computer, relies on the work of technical writers.
- Must be proficient in publishing software and programmes
- Ability to handle large amounts of complex data
- A sharp eye for detail
- Research skills
- Ability to work to strict deadlines
- Technical or scientific educational background
- Accuracy and attention to detail
- Telecommunications companies
- Engineering companies
- Computer hardware and software companies
- Technical publishers
- The civil service, Department of Defence and local authorities
- Graduate/Starting €30,000
- Senior/Potential €55,000
Entry is open to all degree disciplines, but some employers may prefer degrees in scientific, technical, engineering or computing disciplines.
Alternative routes to a bachelor’s degree in this area may apply to students that have a PLC qualification in a related course or general computing/IT certification or diploma. For further details on eligibility requirements for third level entry following a PLC qualification, students should visit the CAO course search at Careersportal.ie.