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Technical Writers
District Of Columbia

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Write technical materials, such as equipment manuals, appendices, or operating and maintenance instructions. May assist in layout work.

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Currently Employed: 1,130

Projected Annual Job Openings: 50

Typical Hourly Wage: $30.39 - $45.63

Typical Annual Salary: $63,200 - $94,900

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typical training

Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: Less than 5 years

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Short-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

  • Organize material and complete writing assignment according to set standards regarding order, clarity, conciseness, style, and terminology.
  • Maintain records and files of work and revisions.
  • Edit, standardize, or make changes to material prepared by other writers or establishment personnel.
  • Select photographs, drawings, sketches, diagrams, and charts to illustrate material.
  • Interview production and engineering personnel and read journals and other material to become familiar with product technologies and production methods.
  • Develop or maintain online help documentation.
  • Assist in laying out material for publication.
  • Study drawings, specifications, mockups, and product samples to integrate and delineate technology, operating procedure, and production sequence and detail.
  • Arrange for typing, duplication, and distribution of material.
  • Observe production, developmental, and experimental activities to determine operating procedure and detail.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Desktop computers
  • High capacity removable media drives
  • Notebook computers
  • Personal computers
  • Scanners

Technology:
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Desktop publishing software
  • Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Web page creation and editing software
  • Web platform development software

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