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With the rapid growth of technology over the last 30 years, the need for strong communicators who can make technical information accessible to the average user is vital. Every occupation needs educated, experienced technical communicators. The Society for Technical Communication defines the role of a technical communicator as one who, “Develop[s] and design[s] instructional and informational tools needed to assure safe, appropriate, and effective use of science and technology, intellectual property, and manufactured products and services. Combine multimedia knowledge and strong communication skills with technical expertise to educate across the entire spectrum of users’ abilities, technical experience, and visual and auditory capabilities.” You may be a technical communicator/writer already!

Who is a Professional Communicator?

Technical communication is needed in every occupation, from engineering to nursing! Some specific fields include:

  • Online content managers
  • Social media managers
  • Documentation specialists
  • Content Strategists
  • Instructional designers
  • Research Analysts
  • Business and Industry Trainers
  • Technical illustrators
  • Technical writers and editors
  • Translators
  • Usability professionals
  • Visual designers
  • Web designers and developers 
  • Public Relations Specialists
  • Communications/Marketing Writer
  • Copyeditor

What do Technical Writers and Communicators do?

  • Understand technical processes and communicate that information in a clear and usable way to different groups, from consumers to end users.
  • Technical communicators have the crucial job to plan, design, organize, write, edit, and test information.
  • They keep consumers and employees from harming themselves and others by unintentionally misusing products.
  • They make consumers and employees productive and happy by showing them how to perform their tasks quickly and easily.

What do Technical Writers and Communicators produce?

Some examples include:

  • Social Networking Sites and Communications
  • Procedure and policy manuals
  • Usability reports
  • E-learning environments (online learning)
  • Web pages
  • Instructions and Mechanism Descriptions
  • Online Help systems
  • Newsletters
  • Press Releases
  • Marketing plans
  • Grants and proposals
  • Translated Documents
  • Illustrations

Contact Patty Navin Hutjens with Questions and to be added to Interest List     920-993-5217

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