51112 – Technical writers



51112 – Technical writers
Technical writers write manuals and specifications for publication or presentation. They are employed by governments, large corporations, private consulting firms, publishing firms, and other establishments, or they may be self-employed.


Index of titles
Content writer (technical)
Handbook writer
Help file developer
Instructional designer
Manual writer
Medical writer
On-line reference developer
Programmed-instruction writer
Proposal writer
Scientific writer
Self-instruction manual writer
Specifications writer (except construction)
Standards writer
Support materials writer
Technical writer
Technical writer - aeronautics
Technical writer - chemical processing
Technical writer - electronics equipment
Technical writer - pharmaceutical industry


Main duties
This group performs some or all of the following duties:
Analyze material, such as specifications, notes and drawings
Conduct interviews and research to gather information on a specific field
Write, review and update manuals, user guides and other documents to provide instruction and to explain clearly and concisely the installation, operation and maintenance of software and electronic, mechanical and other equipment
Develop and maintain help documentation
May design and develop training course material
May help create content for software products, such as on-screen instructions and error messages.


Employment requirements
A university degree in the area of specialization, such as computer science or engineering is usually required.


Additional information

Authors and writers (except technical) (51111)
Editors (51110)
Journalists (51113)
Translators, terminologists and interpreters (51114)
Songwriter (in 51121 Conductors, composers and arrangers)