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:


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.


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Getting In

What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:


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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The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators (ISTC)
Tel: 020 8253 4506
Twitter: @ISTC_org

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