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Working As A Research 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

  • $55,408

    Average Salary

What Does A Research 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 A Research 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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Research Writer Career Paths

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Technical Writer Program Manager Marketing Director
Brand Director
11 Yearsyrs
Editor, Freelance Freelance Copywriter Senior Copywriter
Brand Strategist
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Editor Communications Specialist Communications Manager
Communications Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technical Writer Senior Project Manager Development Director
Community Development Director
8 Yearsyrs
Technical Writer And Editor Managing Editor
Content Director
7 Yearsyrs
Proofreader Communications Specialist Marketing Communications Manager
Content Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Editor, Freelance Senior Editor Content Manager
Digital Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Communications Manager Marketing Director
Director Of Marketing & Development
9 Yearsyrs
Contributing Writer Producer Freelance Producer
Freelance Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Operations Director Communications Director
Marketing And Communication Consultant
10 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Marketing Specialist Marketing Manager
Marketing Communications Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Staff Writer Communications Director Media Specialist
Media Director
5 Yearsyrs
Law Clerk Advocate Communications Coordinator
Media Relations Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Proofreader Writer And Editor Public Affairs Specialist
Public Information Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Staff Writer Managing Editor
Publications Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Technical Writer And Editor Writer And Editor Content Manager
Senior Content Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Product Manager Marketing Vice President
Vice President, Strategy
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Editor Content Manager
Web Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Research Writer Demographics

Gender

Female

58.9%

Male

39.0%

Unknown

2.0%
Ethnicity

White

62.7%

Hispanic or Latino

13.5%

Black or African American

11.0%

Asian

8.8%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

34.3%

French

24.1%

German

9.0%

Italian

7.2%

Russian

3.6%

Portuguese

3.6%

Arabic

3.0%

Mandarin

2.4%

Japanese

1.8%

Romanian

1.2%

Hindi

1.2%

Dutch

1.2%

Greek

1.2%

Irish

1.2%

Chinese

1.2%

Persian

1.2%

Swahili

0.6%

Turkish

0.6%

Korean

0.6%

Shan

0.6%
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Research Writer Education

Schools

New York University

9.0%

Harvard University

8.3%

George Washington University

6.4%

University of Texas at Austin

6.4%

University of Colorado at Boulder

6.4%

University of Chicago

5.8%

George Mason University

5.1%

University of Pittsburgh -

5.1%

Temple University

4.5%

Stanford University

4.5%

Columbia University

4.5%

Wayne State University

3.8%

Michigan State University

3.8%

Northwestern University

3.8%

Georgetown University

3.8%

Georgia State University

3.8%

University of Missouri - Columbia

3.8%

University of Oregon

3.8%

Boston University

3.8%

Syracuse University

3.2%
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Majors

English

13.1%

Journalism

10.7%

Communication

9.1%

Writing

8.6%

History

7.7%

Law

7.2%

Political Science

6.7%

Business

5.4%

Psychology

3.5%

Marketing

3.0%

Fine Arts

2.8%

Photography

2.8%

Education

2.8%

Biology

2.6%

Area Studies

2.6%

Philosophy

2.3%

Theatre

2.3%

Elementary Education

2.3%

Economics

2.3%

International Relations

2.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

36.7%

Masters

33.3%

Other

13.8%

Doctorate

9.9%

Certificate

3.9%

Associate

2.1%

License

0.1%

Diploma

0.1%
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Real Research Writer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Health Services Research Writer-Pcci Parkland Health & Hospital System Dallas, TX Aug 23, 2014 $130,000
Health Services Research Writer-Pcci Parkland Health & Hospital System Dallas, TX Oct 01, 2013 $130,000
Scientific Research Writer The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas Dallas, TX Sep 01, 2015 $54,483
Researcher/Writer Addison Design Company Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2011 $50,000
Research Writer Camargo Pharmaceutical Services, LLC Cincinnati, OH Nov 15, 2010 $49,296
Research Writer Camargo Pharmaceutical Services, LLC Cincinnati, OH Nov 07, 2010 $49,296
Researcher/Writer Jensen & Jensen New York, NY Mar 29, 2010 $45,831
Research Writer Mattison Consulting and Publishing Inc. Sleepy Hollow, IL Aug 30, 2010 $41,100 -
$50,000
NSF Science Researcher/Writer The History Makers Chicago, IL Sep 12, 2013 $40,133
Writers Coordinator and Researcher Twentieth Century Fox Television Los Angeles, CA Nov 07, 2016 $38,220

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Top Skills for A Research Writer

  1. Web
  2. Online Publication
  3. Research Topics
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  • Gathered oral histories and conducted interviews for various historical documents.
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