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Working As A Script 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

  • $67,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Script 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 Script 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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Script Writer Demographics

Gender

Male

44.5%

Female

42.1%

Unknown

13.4%
Ethnicity

White

56.6%

Hispanic or Latino

18.0%

Black or African American

10.7%

Asian

8.9%

Unknown

5.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

37.5%

French

17.2%

German

6.3%

Japanese

4.7%

Mandarin

4.7%

Arabic

4.7%

Korean

4.7%

Russian

3.1%

Italian

3.1%

Portuguese

1.6%

Thai

1.6%

Chinese

1.6%

Dari

1.6%

Persian

1.6%

Hindi

1.6%

Tagalog

1.6%

Urdu

1.6%

Cebuano

1.6%
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Script Writer Education

Schools

New York University

9.3%

San Francisco State University

7.2%

Full Sail University

7.2%

California State University - Fullerton

6.2%

Arizona State University

6.2%

University of Southern California

6.2%

University of Texas at Austin

6.2%

University of Missouri - Columbia

6.2%

Hampton University

5.2%

University of San Francisco

4.1%

Academy of Art University

4.1%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

4.1%

Columbia College Chicago

4.1%

Emerson College

4.1%

Columbia University

4.1%

University of California - Berkeley

3.1%

Murray State University

3.1%

Xavier University

3.1%

Michigan State University

3.1%

University of Cincinnati

3.1%
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Majors

Communication

17.3%

Photography

14.5%

English

12.0%

Journalism

9.4%

Writing

8.2%

Business

5.8%

Fine Arts

3.9%

Graphic Design

3.4%

Theatre

2.9%

Marketing

2.9%

Digital Media

2.4%

Computer Science

2.2%

Education

2.2%

Public Relations

2.2%

Liberal Arts

1.9%

Area Studies

1.9%

Audiovisual Communications Technologies

1.9%

Management

1.7%

Finance

1.7%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

51.4%

Masters

20.7%

Other

15.2%

Associate

5.7%

Certificate

3.6%

Doctorate

2.4%

Diploma

0.9%
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
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How much does a Script Writer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Script Writer in the United States is $67,620 per year or $33 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $38,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $119,000.

Real Script Writer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Creative Script Writer/Author Intrigue, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Aug 17, 2012 $73,045
Test Scripts Writer Ciber, Inc. Parkton, NC Oct 10, 2016 $69,846 -
$75,000
Script Writer II JUS Punjabi, LLC Islandia, NY Sep 27, 2015 $65,000
Test Scripts Writer Innosoul Inc. Little Rock, AR Jul 17, 2015 $56,139
Test Scripts Writer Innosoul Inc. Raleigh, NC Mar 10, 2014 $56,000
Test Scripts Writer Innosoul Inc. Raleigh, NC Mar 11, 2014 $56,000
Test Scripts Writer Innosoul Inc. Jefferson City, MO Sep 06, 2014 $55,578
Test Scripts Writer Innosoul Inc. Little Rock, AR Jun 19, 2015 $53,123
Test Scripts Writer Innosoul Inc. Raleigh, NC Mar 21, 2014 $53,000
Test Scripts Writer Innosoul Inc. Raleigh, NC Mar 25, 2013 $52,300
Test Scripts Writer Innosoul Inc. Raleigh, NC Sep 22, 2013 $52,300
Test Scripts Writer Innosoul Inc. Albany, NY Apr 05, 2013 $52,210
Test Scripts Writer Innosoul Inc. Schenectady, NY Apr 16, 2013 $52,210

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Top Skills for A Script Writer

  1. Video Production
  2. Web Series
  3. Test Cases
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  • Set up lighting and audio; shot and edited video for industrial video production company; wrote shooting scripts.
  • Involved in Preparing test plans and prepared the test cases and test scripts.
  • Edited and aired broadcast content, planned scripts for news stories and releases.
  • Research a diverse and wide-range of entertainment, social, and technology focused topics for major YouTube content creator WatchMojo.
  • Reviewed scripts written to build Electronic databases for accuracy and completeness.

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  4. Virginia
  5. North Carolina
  6. District of Columbia
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