Technical Writer Job Openings - 188 Jobs

  • Estimated Salary

    $54,000

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    Technical Writer 4-ProdDev
    Oracle

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $54,000

    Technical Writer Coordinator
    Verizon

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $54,000

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    Technical Writer Coordinator
    Verizon Communications

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $65,839

    Technical Analyst 4-Support
    Oracle

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $65,839

    Technical Analyst 3-Support (HTML, JavaScript, API)
    Oracle

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $92,300

    Technical Functional
    Oracle

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $107,572

    Senior Member of Technical Staff
    Oracle

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $95,000

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    Consulting Member of Technical Staff
    Oracle

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,657

    Technical Support Analyst
    Global Channel Management, Inc.

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,657

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    Technical Support Analyst
    Global Channel Management

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $92,300

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    Technical Project Manager
    Amazon

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $106,500

    Oracle Cloud HCM Workforce Rewards (Benefits and Compensation) Consulting - Technical Manager - US Nationwide
    Oracle

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $107,572

    Senior Member of Technical Staff
    Oracle

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $93,000

    Oracle HCM Cloud- Senior Principal Technical Consultant
    Oracle

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $95,000

    Security SDE Principal Member of Technical Staff
    Oracle

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,657

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    Technical Support Analyst - Windows10 Workstation Support (REF3902I)
    Visa Inc.

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $106,500

    Oracle Cloud HCM and Benefits Consultant - US Nationwide - Consulting Technical Manager
    Oracle

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $106,500

    Oracle Cloud HCM and Benefits Consultant - US Nationwide - Consulting Technical Manager
    Oracle

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $95,000

    Principal Member of Technical Staff- Bare Metal Cloud team- Security
    Oracle

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $95,000

    Consulting Member of Technical Staff- Bare Metal Cloud team
    Oracle

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $101,780

    NEW
    Oracle Retail | Xstore Technical Implementation Consultant
    Oracle

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,657

    NEW
    Technical Support Analyst - Windows10 Workstation Support (REF3902I)
    Visa

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $95,000

    Principal Member of Technical Staff Cloud Infrstructure team
    Oracle

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $95,000

    Principal Member of Technical Staff- Bare Metal Cloud team- Security
    Oracle

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $95,000

    Consulting Member of Technical Staff - Linux Cloud Infrastructure
    Oracle

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $95,000

    Principal Member of Technical Staff Cloud Infrstructure team
    Oracle

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $95,000

    Principal Member of Technical Staff Cloud Infrstructure team
    Oracle

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $101,780

    Bilingual (English or
    Oracle

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $106,500

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    Mgr II Technology- 139805
    Anthem

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,000

    Cloud Platform Rep - DISA - Technology Sales Representative IV
    Oracle

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,000

    Technology Sales Representative IV Data Integration and Application Integration Solutions
    Oracle

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,000

    ISV Technology Sales Representative-Oracle Cloud IaaS, and PaaS offerings Healthcare
    Oracle

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $97,020

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    Lead Tech System Engineer
    Bartech Group

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,000

    Technology Sales Representative IV
    Oracle

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $90,500

    Principal Technical Program Manager
    Oracle

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $90,500

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    Technical Program Manager
    Amazon

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $90,500

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    Technical Program Manager
    Oracle

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $106,800

    Retail Consulting Project Technical Manager
    Oracle

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $106,800

    Retail Consulting Project Technical Manager
    Oracle

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $75,000

    SaaS Technical Presales - Central US Region
    Oracle

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $90,500

    REF7105K - Technical Program Manager, Network Transformation
    Visa

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $107,000

    Principal HCM Cloud Technical Solutions Manager
    Oracle

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $100,324

    Principal Technical
    Oracle

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $90,500

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    REF7105K - Technical Program Manager, Network Transformation
    Visa Inc.

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $90,500

    NEW
    REF7105K - Technical Program Manager, Network Transformation
    Visa

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $103,190

    Oracle Security DBA
    Oracle

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $67,500

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    Temp-to-hire Research Technician, Project Technical Resources
    Howard Hughes Medical Institute

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $94,389

    NEW
    VOCC Open Systems (Associate Technical Support Analyst)-First Level Server Support
    Visa

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $94,389

    VOCC Open Systems (Associate Technical Support Analyst)-First Level Server Support
    Visa

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $94,389

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    VOCC Open Systems (Associate Technical Support Analyst)-First Level Server Support
    Visa Inc.

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $79,976

    Cloud Client Success
    Oracle

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $54,000

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    Technical Writer (Top Secret) with Security Clearance
    Inforeliance Corporation

    Arlington, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $52,947

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    Technical Writer (OSEC)
    Emerson Electric

    Washington, DC

  • Estimated Salary

    $52,947

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    Technical Writer (DoD)
    Aecom

    Washington, DC

  • Estimated Salary

    $52,947

    Technical Writer
    Hire It People, LLC

    Washington, DC

  • Estimated Salary

    $52,947

    Technical Writer
    Kforce

    Washington, DC

  • Estimated Salary

    $52,947

    Technical Writer CI
    Olgoonik Development

    Washington, DC

  • Estimated Salary

    $52,947

    Technical Writer 8403
    Datrose

    Washington, DC

  • Estimated Salary

    $52,947

    NEW
    Technical Writer
    Prosol Associates

    Washington, DC

  • Estimated Salary

    $52,947

    NEW
    Technical Writer
    Leidos Holdings

    Washington, DC

Technical Writer Jobs

average

$54,000

  • 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

What does a Technical 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 Technical 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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Real Technical Writer Salaries

Get paid what you deserve

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Staff Technical Writer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Oct 13, 2016 $178,400
Staff Technical Writer Salesforce.Com, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jul 02, 2015 $130,500
Staff Technical Writer Informatica LLC Redwood City, CA Apr 28, 2016 $130,000
Staff Technical Writer, Analytics Salesforce.Com San Francisco, CA Nov 29, 2016 $128,000
Technical Writer Healthstream Nashville, TN Aug 27, 2015 $115,000
Technical Writer III Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Sep 13, 2016 $115,000
Technical Writer Fortinet, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jun 09, 2016 $114,400
Technical Writer Ama Multimedia, LLC Las Vegas, NV Jan 27, 2015 $110,240
Technical Writer Workday, Inc. Pleasanton, CA Jul 11, 2016 $108,000
Technical Writer Workday, Inc. Pleasanton, CA Sep 16, 2016 $105,000

Top Skills for a Technical Writer

Know what it takes to get the job done

OnlineDocumentationWEBSubjectMatterExpertsVisioSharepointAdobeFramemakerPowerpointHtmlTrainingMaterialsRobohelpContentManagementSystemTechnicalManualsSafetyEnd-UserDocumentationProjectManagementWindowsSuiteAdobePhotoshopPDFXML

Top Technical Writer Skills

Right now, these skills will help you look good when applying for technical writer jobs:
  1. Online Documentation
  2. WEB
  3. Subject Matter Experts
Here are examples of how technical writers have used the most in demand skills on their resumes:
  • Designed and managed an online documentation library using Rational ClearCase, to collect and secure over 9,500 IT documents.
  • Locate and bid on projects online through various websites * Complete projects like technical manuals and websites.
  • Interviewed subject matter experts to obtain clarification of technical aspects or to complete unfinished documents.
  • Created the Integrated Wiring Diagram Manual containing Temporary Revisions.
  • Worked on out of box functionality, have good experience on SharePoint designer.

Subject Matter Experts, Sharepoint, Robohelp, Html, Safety, Visio, Suite, Training Materials, End-User Documentation, Adobe Framemaker, Technical Manuals, Online Documentation, Project Management, XML, WEB, Windows, Adobe Photoshop, PDF, Powerpoint, Content Management System

Top Technical Writer Employers

Find the best employers to advance your career

Top 10 Technical Writer Employers

If you’re looking for a Technical Writer job, you should start with Hewlett Packard which has hired heavily for the position.

Overall, 10 firms have active listings for Technical Writer.

Hewlett Packard, Teksystems, Bank of America, Aerotek, American Express, Microsoft, IBM, Wells Fargo, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman

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