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Any Technical Writers out there?

I am graduating with my BS degree and am planning to find work as a Technical Writer. I am trying to find out what to expect as far as job requirements, Salary, Benefits, etc. I've seen the official numbers but they don't always match the reality. Technical Writing is different from other writing careers. It is more like consulting and involves a wide variety of activities from writing instruction pamphlets for assembly required furniture to web design. Technical writers usually make a lot more than other writers.

Asked By: dragonfly9151974 - 12/31/2006
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I am a technical writer and a trainer. I would enjoy giving you information on rates and obtaining additional experience. The job requirements vary according to the client, the most important thing is that you are able to deliver because it is all about the client. I freelance and when I perform writing assignments... More
Answered By: Elwanda B - 1/3/2007
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check out salary.com for a general overview of regional salaries. as a college grad, your concern should NOT be money or benefits. you want experience. especially with writing, you need to build your portfolio of work. don't let a few bucks either way sway your decision. you need an opportunity to prove yourself... More
Answered By: doogan - 12/31/2006
 
Again, my answer is based on my experiences in Detroit and more anecdotal than the Bureau of Labor statistics. Most of the technical writers I've worked with have an engineering or science degree, not a liberal arts degree. A few are published authors of technical papers at SAE or SME... More
Answered By: mike c - 1/2/2007
 
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