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Technical writers

OaSIS code 51112.00

Technical writers write manuals and specifications for publication or presentation.

Overview

Also known as

  • Medical writer
  • Scientific writer
  • Specifications writer (except construction)
  • Technical writer

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Analyze material, such as specifications, notes and drawings
  • Conduct interviews and research to gather information on a specific field
  • Write, review and update manuals, user guides and other documents to provide instruction and to explain clearly and concisely the installation, operation and maintenance of software and electronic, mechanical and other equipment
  • Develop and maintain help documentation
  • May design and develop training course material
  • May help create content for software products, such as on-screen instructions and error messages.

Additional information

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Similar occupations classified elsewhere

Exclusions:

  • Authors and writers (except technical) (51111)
  • Editors (51110)
  • Journalists (51113)
  • Translators, terminologists and interpreters (51114)
  • Conductors, composers and arrangers (51121)

NOC hierarchy breakdown

NOC version

NOC 2021 Version 1.0

Broad occupational category

5 – Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport

TEER

1 – Occupations usually require a university degree

Major group

51 – Professional occupations in art and culture

Sub-major group

511 – Professional occupations in art and culture

Minor group

5111 – Writing, translating and related communications professionals

Unit group

51112 – Technical writers

Occupational profile

51112.00 – Technical writers

Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others
5 - Highest Level
Analyzing Data or Information
4 - High Level
Applying New Knowledge
4 - High Level
Clerical Activities
4 - High Level
Developing Technical Instructions
4 - High Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
3 - Moderate amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
2 - Between 35 to 40 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
3 - Somewhat close (e.g. share office)

Physical Demands

Sitting
Duration
5 - All the time, or almost all the time
Standing
Duration
1 - Very little time
Bending or Twisting the Body
Duration
1 - Very little time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
Frequency
3 - Once a week or more but not every day
Duration
2 - Less than half the time
Work with Work Group or Team
Importance
3 - Important
Frequency
1 - Once a year or more but not every month

Workplaces/employers

  • Advertising agencies
  • Governments
  • Large corporations
  • Multimedia companies
  • New-media companies
  • Publishing firms
  • Self-employed

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Abilities

Proficiency or complexity level
Written Expression
5 - Highest Level
Written Comprehension
4 - High Level
Deductive Reasoning
3 - Moderate Level
Fluency of Ideas
3 - Moderate Level
Inductive Reasoning
3 - Moderate Level

Skills

Proficiency or complexity level
Reading Comprehension
5 - Highest Level
Writing
4 - High Level
Critical Thinking
3 - Moderate Level
Digital Literacy
3 - Moderate Level
Oral Communication: Active Listening
3 - Moderate Level

Personal Attributes

Importance
Attention to Detail
5 - Extremely important
Adaptability
4 - Highly important
Analytical Thinking
4 - Highly important
Collaboration
4 - Highly important
Independence
4 - Highly important