The Outlook for the Technical Writing Job Market
The job hunt is on everyone’s mind – whether you’re looking for work or not. So, what is the outlook for technical writing jobs?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the technical writing job market seems to be growing, and it comes as no surprise to those who already use technical writers in their business.
According to the BLS…
- 2010 Median Pay: $63,280 per year or $30.42 per hour
- Entry-Level Education: Bachelor’s degree
- Work Experience in a Related Occupation: 1 to 5 years
- On-the-job Training: Short-term on-the-job training
- Number of Jobs, 2010: 49,500
- Job Outlook, 2010-20: 17% (About as fast as average)
- Employment Change, 2010-20: +8,500
According to these figures, the technical writing job market is growing about as fast as the average career. For those looking to hire technical writers, these facts also show that technical writing is a skilled market, one in which the writers have at least a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university or college.
With more companies turning to technical writers for support, it becomes clear that traditional writing is becoming more and more specialized. Medical organizations require writers who are familiar with technical writing tools and formats, and information technology companies need writers who can turn technical processes into easy-to-follow user documentation.
While it’s clear that technical writing is a growing career field, what isn’t clear is how this will impact the market as a whole. Does more technical writing job growth lead to better writing and more available information?