Careers in Technical Writing

Technical writing is fundamentally an art of effectively communicating a concept to the potential target market in a very comprehensive manner. No wonder, this field is often termed as “Technical Communication”.  To be more precise, all that we read in ‘how to use’ manuals, help files on net, brochures of consumer commodities, journals and so on, are all work pieces of technical writers. So, it goes without saying that, technical writing has a wide scope in the future and shall remain so, because of the importance of the output that exists in the world.

To pursue with a safe and successful career in technical writing, you broadly need a set of qualities in you which go like, an amazing command over the language (mostly English) and indeed a great amount of confidence in yourself that you can understand any technology that comes your way and that you can simplify it to a user friendly interface. Furthermore, your researching skills should be honed up well enough complemented by a strong inclination towards science and technology.

There are majorly two online services in India namely, Technical Writers of India (TWIN) & Society for Technical Communication (STC), which help out the Indian technical writers in procuring a profile. Simultaneously, there are various job opportunities for a career in technical writing that keep popping up in various newspapers and magazines, besides the obvious source of Advertising agencies and IT companies.

Essentially, before stepping into the profession of technical writing, you must decide as to whether you covet to be a full time working professional or a freelancer. Like everything in this world, both of these also have their own pros and cons. Career as a freelancer in technical communication gives you an invariable scope of hike in earning whereas the same is not the case in full time job. But, full time employees can lead a cheerful life once their office hours are over, whereas the freelancers stay netted in pulling their projects to the brim. Lastly, but most importantly, freelancers always have an edge over the full time workers in context of geography; full time workers have a restriction to work in their own geographical proximity while freelancers are at a liberty of joining any company worldwide because all their project accomplishments are to be declared online.

An initial pay cheque of INR 10,000 may land up at your house and the hike may be up to INR 25,000 very soon, provided you have a tag of a sought after company.

Conclusively, technical writing is basically simplifying science for lay man. So, traversing a career like this needs a plausible patience, an incredible problem solving ability and a feather on your hat surely needs to flash, “I love Science”.  The fundamental scope in this field lies in subsequent careers like writing magazine columns or newsletters, promotional writing for ad agencies, working for online help services for a computer software and hardware company and finally, content development for manuals and user guides.

When it comes to zeroing down a career in technical writing, you can choose from the myriad options available. It has an amazing scope in today’s world where the global village is advancing extensively and there are new products being launched almost EVERYDAY! Wish you luck!

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About Sonakshi Arora

I was just 9 when my mother made her first attempt to quench her daughter’s thirst of becoming a wholesome package of the corporate world. Her realization was the result of the hypothetically elevated graph she made, of the frequency of the virtual exhibitions of my corporal skills.

Lately, when I was swimming in the pool of my thoughts, I learnt that there was yet another chance to help my mother succeed, thereby freezing my mind on the milestone of “Writing”, besides freelancing as a content builder for a couple of companies. Fuelled by the desire to further delve into the world of my creativity and curiosity, I am presently pursuing my Bachelors in Media Studies at Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, Pune. This will improve my prospects at the Graduation level, it being the perfect blend of everything that’s coveted to shape my dreams, shedding light on the best road ahead.

By God’s grace, I know where to direct the force of my will to ensure that I don’t fall into the traps and ruins of indecisiveness. I strongly believe that its one’s passion that drives his/her dreams into reality and what we persist in doing becomes easier for us to do, not because the nature of work has changed but because of the metamorphosis done by the increased power to do it.

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