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51112 – Technical writers

Technical writers write manuals and specifications for publication or presentation. They are employed by governments, large corporations, private consulting firms, publishing firms, and other establishments, or they may be self-employed.


Example titles

  • 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.

Employment requirements

  • A university degree in the area of specialization, such as computer science or engineering is usually required.

Additional information


Breakdown summary

Broad occupational category
5 – Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport
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
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