Technical writer

A technical author writes scientific and technical information for a variety of products including internet pages, printed documents, CD-ROMs and computerised help files.

Job description

Technical writing is a relatively new discipline created as a result of the ever-expanding technology industry. A technical author writes manuals, training guides, user guides, and other types of documentation to explain various technologies and devices in an easy-to-understand way. These texts may appear both online and in hard copy. They also provide assistance packages for software. Technical authors find employment in a wide range of organisations such as telecommunications companies, engineering companies, computer hardware and software companies, technical publishers, the Civil Service, the Department of Defence and local authorities.

  • Writing, editing and proofreading text.
  • Collating and verifying information.
  • Creating and editing pictures and diagrams.
  • Liaising with staff as printers, photographers and translators.
  • Producing indexes and catalogues.

Work conditions

Travel: travel may feature in some positions.
Working hours: typically 9 to 5 office hours, but some longer hours may be necessary.
Location: Employers are based in cities throughout the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Entry requirements

Entry is open to all degree disciplines, but some employers may prefer degrees in scientific, technical, engineering or computing disciplines. A variety of short courses and e-learning Graduate Certificates in technical communications are offered in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Any prior experience of writing will help applicants.