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How to Become a Technical Writer

  1. 1. BECOME A TECHNICAL WRITER & JOB PROFILE Everything to BOOST your IT Career - Free Training Courses, Practice Exams, Interview Questions, Jobs, Career Guidance and more.
  2. 2. Who is a Technical writer?  A Technical writer / Technical communicator is a professional writer who engages in technical writing and produces technical documentation.  The professional has the ability to create, assimilate, and convey technical material in a concise and effective manner.
  3. 3.     Technical Writer Roles and Tasks As a part of technical writer roles, analysis of three elements such as audience, purpose, and context is to be done. Gathers information from sources scattered all over the company and understands the products that are to be described. Translates and organizes complex information into simple user guides for easy understanding and usage. Six design strategies, including arrangement, emphasis, clarity, conciseness, tone, and ethos, are used to plan and create technical communication.
  4. 4. Technical Writing Process The technical writing process generally consists of four phases.  Planning Phase  Writing Phase  Delivery Phase  Archiving Phase
  5. 5. Planning Phase involves  Gathering existing Delivery Phase involves information  Aligning with the system  Determining product architect descriptions  Finalizing the details of  Alarm clearing procedures document integration  Determining the mode of delivery Writing Phase involves  Writing documents  Listing glossary terms  Research the correct wording Archiving Phase involves  Naming documentation folder on the network with the product name and version number
  6. 6. Types Of Technical Documents Based on writing style, the level of knowledge transferred, and the target audience, types of technical documents include: End-user assistance documents - help a user understand a software or hardware product. Traditional technical documentation - communicates to a specialized audience. Marketing communication - product catalogs, brochures, advertisements, introductory pages for web sites, and press releases
  7. 7. Tools Used In Technical Writing  Desktop Publishing Tools or Word Processors- to     produce printed manuals or digital documents in print format. Microsoft Word, Adobe FrameMaker and Help Authoring Tools- to create online help systems. Adobe RoboHelp, Author-it and HelpNDoc Wiki Systems- to produce technical documents Mediawiki and Atlassian Confluence- commonly used platforms.
  8. 8. Required Skills Besides research, language, writing, and revision skills, a technical writer needs skills in          Information design Information architecture Training material development Illustration/Graphic Design Website Design/Management Indexing Localization/Technical Translation User Interfaces Business Analysis
  9. 9. Career Opportunities  A degree or certification in a technical field/journalism/business or other fields is needed.  The US Department of Labor expects technical writer employment to grow 17% from 2010 to 2020.  Job opportunities for applicants with technical skills are expected to be good.
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