Technical Writing, jump on in, the water’s fine!
Technical Writing is a job in the Professional writing field that has been on the rise over the past couple of years. Technical Writing is just as it seems to be; writing about different Technical fields. Not just any writer can be a professional Technical Writer however, as it is actually a very complex, yet versatile job once you find your niche. There are a variety of different fields a technical writer can write about. –between Computer Software, Computer Hardware, Medical fields, Engineering and so much more. The catch to technical writing, is that you have to know a LOT about the ifled that you are working in. If I am writing for computer software, aka, “How to use something like Microsoft Word”, then I have to be very fluent in Windows and Mac programs and how to do every single function of that software program. I have to go through all the different functions and uses and write a well-versed, but easy to understand manual for the program. There’s also another catch to this. After writing something like this manual, getting extremely acquainted with the program and studying it and usability testing every nook and cranny, the program CHANGES. Every few years or so a new version of the same exact program comes out, and it all starts over and over again.
While although not the most glamorous or easy of writing jobs out there in the market, there is a very high demand for Technical Writers in so many fields that it is an absolutely great occupation to get into and it pays decently well for an up and coming field.
You can find more information about the Technical Writing Fields at:
http://idratherbewriting.com/2007/09/26/five-skills-every-technical-writer-needs/ - 5 Skills every techincal writer need
http://www.poewar.com/writing-editing-salaries/ - salaries of all kinds of writing jobs (can compare these to the salary of a technical writer)
http://www.collegeboard.com/csearch/majors_careers/profiles/careers/105433.html - What “college board” says about Technical writers (has a brief summary of everything about them)