51112 – Technical writers

Broad Occupation Category

5 – Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport


1 – Occupations usually require a university degree

Major Group

51 – Professional occupations in art and culture

Broad Occupation Category

511 – Professional occupations in art and culture

Broad Occupation Category

5111 – Writing, translating and related communications professionals

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.

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Example Titles

  • Medical writer

  • Scientific writer

  • Specifications writer (except construction)

  • Technical writer

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.