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You might hire a technical writer to:

  • Write about complex subjects using clear language, producing comprehensive instruction manuals, how-to guides, journal articles, white papers, and other technical documents
  • Analyze target audiences to determine the appropriate tone and style for different documents

  • Collaborate with graphic designers, content managers, and editors to produce high-quality deliverables

  • Conduct detailed subject matter research to become an expert in their domain

Required skills and qualifications Preferred skills and qualifications
Strong written communication skills
Multitasking skills, with the ability to juggle multiple projects and meet strict deadlines
Excellent organizational and analytical skills
The ability to learn quickly and thrive in a dynamic, collaborative team environment
Experience studying a technical discipline such as communication, journalism, software engineering, law, medicine, or computer science — or equivalent work experience
Working knowledge of software and digital tools commonly used by technical writers
  Professional certification through the Society for Technical Communication, IEEE Professional Communication Society, American Medical Writers Association, National Association of Science Writers, or another field-related certifying body