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Technical Author

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A technical author prepares manuals and other documents for users of products and systems. Subjects covered can include scientific and technological, chemical, medical and pharmaceutical, business and commercial systems, and products or equipment for domestic use. They usually specialise in one particular field.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary depending on:

The starting salary for technical authors is around £20,000 a year. With experience this can rise to between £25,000 and £45,000 a year or more.

Freelance rates are usually in the region of £18 to £40 an hour.

You may earn more as a freelance or consultant but you will have overheads to pay.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2024
1886
4.1 %
RISE
2029
1963
  United Kingdom
2024
33374
5 %
RISE
2029
35056

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:

Training

Getting On

More Information

Technical writers are employed by organisations in a range of sectors, including central government, defence, finance, information technology, manufacturing and medicine.

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators (ISTC)
Tel: 020 8253 4506
E-mail: istc@istc.org.uk
Website: http://www.istc.org.uk/
Twitter: @ISTC_org

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