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Technical Writing

$1,795.00 (USD)








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How long does it take to complete this course?

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.

What if I don't have enough time to complete my course within the time frame provided?

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

What kind of support will I receive?

The course instructor will be available by email to answer any questions and provide feedback on your performance. Occasionally, your course may be supported by a team of industry experts. You will also receive support from the student advising team.

What happens when I complete the course?

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

Am I guaranteed a job?

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

Can I get financial assistance?

This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.

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What will I do as a technical writer?

Technical writers, sometimes referred to as technical communicators, are responsible for making complicated subjects easier to understand. As a technical writer, you'll write content for journal articles, instruction manuals, how-to-guides, and other documents designed to help communicate complex, technical topics.

How do you become a technical writer?

The first step to becoming a technical writer is to familiarize yourself with the profession and take an introductory course that will show you the ropes. You don't necessarily need to find a technical writing school near you—our online certificate course can provide all the instruction you need. When you are ready to apply for jobs, you will also need a professional portfolio that features your writing. We help you create your portfolio, so you're ready for the job search.

Why do I need to professional training to be a technical writer?

Technical writing requires you to be an excellent writer and communicator. Professional training can help you hone these skills and make you better prepared to handle mass amounts of complex, technical information that needs to be communicated in simple, easy-to-understand pieces. It is also helpful to have some experience or knowledge of the field in which you will be performing the technical writing job such as engineering or computer sciences. Many potential employers will want to see examples of your technical writing work, so having a portfolio (which can be developed during your training and added to on-the-job) of writing samples is a must.

What education do I need to become a technical writer?

Some organizations will encourage you to have a bachelor's degree, though it isn't necessarily a requirement. It is a good idea to get some training whether in a traditional setting or an online course to help you understand how to properly produce technical documents. Having a good technical writing portfolio, which you will develop in this Technical Writing course, will go a long way in helping you obtain the technical writing career you want.

What are the skills of a good technical writer?

A good technical writer should have excellent writing skills including the ability to write clearly and concisely about complex subjects. You should also possess the ability to conduct good research and work systematically within a team or alone. You must be able to communicate with other department to obtain and disseminate the information you need as you complete your projects. You should also have critical thinking skills and the ability to use single-sourcing. (Single sourcing is creating multiple documents using the same written source document.)

What is the average salary of a technical writer?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that technical writers have a median salary that is currently just under $71,000 per year. This salary can vary widely depending on your experience level, education, location and the type of organization you work for. The most concentrated industries for technical writers are in computers and engineering, though technical writers can be found in almost any industry.

Are technical writers in demand?

Yes, technical writers are in demand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook is very good for this profession. Employment is projected to grow by 11% through 2026 which is considered faster than average. Growth in jobs will be driven by continuing scientific and technological expansion. Job opportunities will also be high because of increased web-based product support.

What kind of hours do technical writers work?

Because of the complex nature of their work and the need to be closely aligned with product development teams, most technical writers work full time in offices. Some however, may be able to work remotely or travel between several different offices at a large organization.

Where do technical writers work?

Because of the complex nature of their work and the need to be closely aligned with product development teams, most technical writers work full time in offices. Some however, may be able to work remotely or travel between several different offices at a large organization.

What qualities should a good technical writer have?

In order to be a good technical writer, you need to be a good communication first. You will need to communicate complex topics in easy-to-understand ways through your writing, but you will also need to communicate with others in your organization including team members, other departments, and management. You will need patience and a love of exploration and discovery. You will also need to be able to adapt easily and have a willingness to continually learn new things. In smaller organizations, the ability to do some design will also be helpful and could help set you apart from other candidates.

What is the difference between a copywriter and a technical writer?

In the most basic terms, the difference between copywriters and technical writers can be clarified as such: technical writers explain while copywriters persuade. The job of a copywriter is to provoke some sort of action or response from an audience with their writing. They fulfill a marketing role within an organization. A technical writer is responsible for breaking down complex technical concepts into language that can be understood by a specific reader. They are often part of the product development team rather than the marketing team.


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