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Working As An Editor/Copy Writer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $68,824

    Average Salary

What Does An Editor/Copy Writer Do

Technical writers, also called technical communicators, prepare instruction manuals, how-to guides, journal articles, and other supporting documents to communicate complex and technical information more easily. They also develop, gather, and disseminate technical information through an organization’s communications channels.

Duties

Technical writers typically do the following:

  • Determine the needs of users of technical documentation
  • Study product samples and talk with product designers and developers
  • Work with technical staff to make products easier to use and thus require fewer instructions
  • Organize and write supporting content for products
  • Use photographs, drawings, diagrams, animation, and charts that increase users’ understanding
  • Select appropriate medium for message or audience, such as manuals or online videos
  • Standardize content across platforms and media
  • Gather user feedback to update and improve content
  • Revise content as new issues arise

Technical writers create paper-based and digital operating instructions, how-to manuals, assembly instructions, and “frequently asked questions” pages to help technical support staff, consumers, and other users within a company or an industry. After a product is released, technical writers also may work with product liability specialists and customer-service managers to improve the end-user experience through product design changes.

Technical writers often work with computer hardware engineers, scientists, computer support specialists, and software developers to manage the flow of information among project workgroups during development and testing. Therefore, technical writers must be able to understand complex information and communicate the information to people with diverse professional backgrounds.

Applying their knowledge of the user of the product, technical writers may serve as part of a team conducting usability studies to help improve the design of a product that is in the prototype stage. Technical writers may conduct research on their topics through personal observation, library and Internet research, and discussions with technical specialists.

Technical writers are also responsible for managing the consistency of technical content and its use across business departments including product development, manufacturing, marketing, and customer relations.

Some technical writers help write grant proposals for research scientists and institutions.

Increasingly, technical information is being delivered online and through social media. Technical writers are using the interactive technologies of the Web and social media to blend text, graphics, multidimensional images, sound, and video.

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How To Become An Editor/Copy Writer

A college degree is usually required for a position as a technical writer. In addition, experience with a technical subject, such as computer science, Web design, or engineering, is important.

Education

Employers generally prefer candidates with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, English, or communications. Many technical writing jobs require both a degree and knowledge in a specialized field, such as engineering, computer science, or medicine. Web design experience also is helpful because of the growing use of online technical documentation.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Some technical writers begin their careers as specialists or research assistants in a technical field. They eventually develop technical communication skills and assume primary responsibilities for technical writing. In small firms, beginning technical writers may work on projects right away; in larger companies with more standard procedures, beginners may observe experienced technical writers and interact with specialists before being assigned projects.

Training

Many technical writers need short-term on-the-job training to adapt to a different style of writing.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Some associations, including the Society for Technical Communication, offer certification for technical writers. In addition, the American Medical Writers Association offers extensive continuing education programs and certificates in medical writing. These certificates are available to professionals in the medical and allied scientific communication fields.

Although not mandatory, certification can demonstrate competence and professionalism, making candidates more attractive to employers. It can also increase a technical writer’s opportunities for advancement.

Advancement

Prospects for advancement generally include working on more complex projects and leading or training junior staff. Some technical writers become self-employed and produce work on a freelance basis.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Technical writers must be able to take complex, technical information and translate it for colleagues and consumers who have nontechnical backgrounds.

Detail oriented. Technical writers create detailed instructions for others to follow. As a result, they must be detailed and precise at every step so that the instructions can be useful.

Imagination. Technical writers must be able to think about a procedure or product in the way a person without technical experience would think about it.

Teamwork. Technical writers must be able to work well with others. They are almost always part of a team: with other writers; with designers, editors, and illustrators; and with the technical people whose information they are explaining.

Technical skills. Technical writers must be able to understand highly complex information. Many technical writers need a background in engineering or computer science in order to do this.

Writing skills. Technical communicators must have excellent writing skills to be able to explain technical information clearly.

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Editor/Copy Writer Demographics

Gender

Female

58.4%

Male

41.1%

Unknown

0.5%
Ethnicity

White

65.1%

Hispanic or Latino

14.0%

Black or African American

10.8%

Asian

6.1%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.0%

French

17.3%

Portuguese

5.1%

German

4.1%

Japanese

4.1%

Italian

4.1%

Chinese

3.1%

Mandarin

3.1%

Korean

2.0%

Arabic

2.0%

Swedish

1.0%

Hungarian

1.0%

Norwegian

1.0%

Russian

1.0%

Danish

1.0%
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Editor/Copy Writer Education

Schools

Arizona State University

6.6%

Temple University

6.6%

University of Oregon

6.6%

San Francisco State University

5.8%

West Virginia University

5.8%

University of Florida

5.8%

University of Missouri - Columbia

5.8%

Boston University

5.8%

Syracuse University

5.0%

University of Southern California

5.0%

University of Texas at Austin

5.0%

University of California - Berkeley

4.1%

Michigan State University

4.1%

Northwestern University

4.1%

Columbia College Chicago

4.1%

University of Central Florida

4.1%

Montclair State University

4.1%

University of West Florida

4.1%

Hofstra University

4.1%

New York University

3.3%
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Majors

Journalism

23.2%

English

21.5%

Communication

13.3%

Writing

9.7%

Public Relations

3.4%

Political Science

3.2%

Business

2.9%

Agricultural Public Services

2.7%

History

2.7%

Psychology

2.5%

Liberal Arts

2.1%

Management

1.9%

Marketing

1.7%

Fine Arts

1.5%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.5%

Anthropology

1.3%

Journalism And Mass Communications

1.3%

Law

1.3%

Theatre

1.1%

Elementary Education

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

58.6%

Masters

21.1%

Other

12.5%

Certificate

2.9%

Associate

2.4%

Doctorate

2.2%

License

0.1%

Diploma

0.1%
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  2. Feature
  3. Student Newspaper
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  • Penned a weekly column covering websites featuring entertainment and home electronics.
  • Edited daily features, local news and national/international news under significant deadline pressure.
  • Conducted interviews, researched, and wrote clear, though-provoking articles for the student newspaper in compliance with AP style.
  • Develop editorial treatment and presentation of news stories for distribution to 900+ CNN affiliates and all CNN Platforms.
  • Generate and distribute press releases, crisis-response articles, booklet/brochure copy and other informational/promotional material.

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