Technical writing isn’t something that simply happens incidentally anymore. While technical writers might have been good writers in school and then had the technical experience to bolster their writing expertise, times are changing and schools are offering degrees in technical writing.
At Carnegie Mellon, students are able to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Technical Communication. Students will take classes to help them become technical writers in one of two different tracks:
- Technical Communication (TC)
- Scientific and Medical Communication (SMC)
Those who maintain a B average in these programs at Carnegie Mellon will be able to apply for internships in technical writing, helping them get valuable experience that will support their career development. The documents that students write during these internships will be the beginning of a portfolio that students can then pass on to prospective employers, allowing them a better chance of getting a job when they’re out of school – or perhaps while they’re still in school.