For the Human Typewriters and Word Wizards
Write technical materials, such as equipment manuals, appendices, or operating and maintenance instructions. May assist in layout work.
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Related Job Titles
Documentation Designer, Documentation Specialist, Engineering Writer, Information Developer, Medical Writer, Narrative Writer, Requirements Analyst, Technical Communicator, Technical Writer
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What you Need to Know
- Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
- Clerical — Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
- Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
- Communications and Media — Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
Top Technology Requirements Included in Job Postings
- Data base user interface and query software — Data entry software; Microsoft Access; Microsoft SQL Server; Structured query language SQL
- Desktop publishing software — Adobe Systems Adobe FrameMaker; Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign; Microsoft Publisher; PTC Arbortext
- Graphics or photo imaging software — Adobe Systems Adobe Creative Cloud; Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator ; Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop; Microsoft Visio
- Web page creation and editing software — Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver; Adobe Systems Adobe Flash Player; Google Sites; Quadralay WebWorks ePublisher
- Web platform development software — Cascading Style Sheets CSS; Drupal; Microsoft ASP.NET; Oracle JavaServer Pages JSP