The Need for Effective Technical Writing Skills is Wide-Ranging
Many consumers would likely be able to recall a time when they became more than a bit frustrated while trying to read through an owner’s manual or support document in which the wording/language was very complicated. They may even conclude their storytelling with a few choice words and a rhetorical question about “who writes this stuff anyway?”
Independent of knowing the actual individual who prepared the manual/document, it is conceivable that it was written by someone that has considerable expertise with respect to the subject matter but limited expertise in the ability to share that knowledge with the consumer in a manner that is clear, concise, and easily understood. While producing a manual might be important to some, generating manuals, documents, or guides that are insightful and informative to the reader is far more important to the greater majority.
This is where the skills and expertise of a technical writer can play a significant role. The fundamental impact and value of a technical writer is their capacity to take technical and often complicated information and convert/translate it to wording that the general public can comprehend; success in achieving this outcome/response is often predicated on an interwoven foundation of:
- Subject matter expertise
- Overt interest in the subject
- Effective communication skills
- Technology background/experience
Most technical writers gravitate to this profession as a result of their work backgrounds and/or formal educations in such disciplines as:
- Science and Technology
- Computer Programming
- Web Design/Visual Media
Technical writing also offers employment flexibility in relation to personal preferences as well as the needs of the hiring firm. Job opportunities may be presented in these ways:
- Self-employed (freelance)
Technical writing is a burgeoning field, particularly with the vast amount of information that is currently being disseminated via web-based and mobile technology. In turn, the need/opportunity for effective technical writers/writing is wide-ranging; what is perhaps unique to this field is its attractiveness to individuals who can comfortably merge subject matter expertise with strong communication skills.
The Field of Electronics Offers Considerable Opportunity for Technical Writers
Technical writing can provide a challenging and gratifying career opportunity, whether it is seen as an entry-level position or a long-term proposition by the interested party. It is an equally viable position for recent post-secondary graduates and seasoned members of the workforce looking for an alternative pathway.
Candidates at either end of this spectrum will find the resources and network of contacts available to them through a leading staffing agency like Winters Technical Staffing to be valuable assets in their search for a technical writing opportunity; this can be particularly beneficial to individuals with an interest in/enthusiasm for the electronics industry due to its ever-increasing need for qualified and capable technical writers.
To this end, consultants from Winters Technical Staffing can aid candidates in assessing:
- Compatibility for technical writing in the electronics field
- Overall knowledge/strength in specific areas of electronics
- Likelihood or feasibility of finding work within a chosen field
- Employment alternatives – full-time, part-time, contract work
- Compensation ranges; potential for advancement (if applicable)
Contact Winters Today
Interested in investigating the viability of a technical writing position? Call the experts at Winters Technical Staffing today at 1-877-495-7422 to schedule your complimentary consultation on the viability and potential of such a career option.