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Become A Proposal Writer

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Working As A Proposal 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

  • $82,350

    Average Salary

What Does A Proposal Writer Do

Proposal Writers help clients win contracts, grants from the government, or even permission to perform a consulting service. They must ensure that all important information is included in the paperwork and documents.

How To Become A Proposal 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.


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.


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.


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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Proposal Writer Career Paths

Proposal Writer
Business Development Manager Marketing Consultant Marketing Manager
Associate Director, Marketing
8 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Management Consultant Product Manager
Brand Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Marketing Specialist Brand Manager Creative Director
Brand Strategist
5 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Proposal Analyst Marketing Manager Social Media Manager
Content Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Instructor Writer And Editor Communications Manager
Director Of Communications And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Marketing Consultant
Marketing Communications Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Communications Specialist Communications Manager Marketing Manager
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Communications Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Proposal Analyst Proposal Manager Marketing Consultant
Marketing Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Communications Specialist Project Manager Program Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Instructor Instructor Account Manager
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Writer Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Marketing Specialist Marketing Manager Business Developer
Proposal Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Product Manager Sales Manager
Senior Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Writer Business Analyst Senior Consultant
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Adjunct Professor Senior Project Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Proposal Manager Program Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Proposal Manager
Senior Proposal Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Business Development Manager Senior Manager Director Of Strategy
Vice President, Strategy
13 Yearsyrs
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Proposal Writer Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Mandarin

  • Arabic

  • Portuguese

  • Chinese

  • Russian

  • Italian

  • Hindi

  • Tagalog

  • German

  • Japanese

  • Swahili

  • Vietnamese

  • Cherokee

  • Romanian

  • Korean

  • Wolof

  • Norwegian

  • Chickasaw

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Real Proposal Writer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Proposal Writer Jones Lang Lasalle Americas, Inc. New York, NY Nov 15, 2010 $90,000 -
Proposal Writer Crowley Enterprises Chevy Chase, MD Dec 01, 2009 $88,301
Proposal Writer/Manager A P Ventures, LLC Columbia, MD Feb 22, 2016 $68,000
Proposal Writer HGS USA LLC Warrenville, IL Aug 01, 2015 $51,106 -
Proposal Writer Concert Tech Corporation Sterling, VA Oct 01, 2011 $48,000
Proposal Writer American Infotech Solutions, Inc. Reston, VA Jan 01, 2012 $46,987

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Top Skills for A Proposal Writer


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Top Proposal Writer Skills

  1. Subject Matter Experts
  2. Rfp/Rfi
  3. Business Development
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Cultivated productive relationships with subject matter experts, sales representatives and underwriters in challenging circumstances.
  • Served as chief writer, editor, and proofreader for RFP/RFI/LOI.
  • Assist marketing and business development team to determine organizational win themes, branding messaging and communicating value proposition.
  • Research new opportunities and meet with actuaries and SMEs to determine feasibility of pursuing opportunity.
  • TRIPLE CANOPY - Project Crimson Talon (US Government) Wrote subcontractor qualifications and past performance components of services proposal.

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