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Technical Writers

Also called: Information Developer, Senior Technical Writer, Technical Communicator, Technical Writer

Where in the Army? In the Army: Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ALandT) Contracting NCO; Chief Counterintelligence/Human Intelligence Sergeant; Cryptologic Network Warfare Specialist; Human Intelligence Collector; Intelligence Analyst; Signals Collector/Analyst; Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Senior Sergeant/SIGINT Chief; Signals Intelligence Analyst

What they do:
Write technical materials, such as equipment manuals, appendices, or operating and maintenance instructions. May assist in layout work.
On the job, you would:
  • Organize material and complete writing assignment according to set standards regarding order, clarity, conciseness, style, and terminology.
  • Maintain records and files of work and revisions.
  • Edit, standardize, or make changes to material prepared by other writers or establishment personnel.

Knowledge

Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
Business
  • administrative services
  • management
Communications
  • multimedia

Skills

Basic Skills
  • writing things for co-workers or customers
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by writing
  • read and understand what is written
Ideas and Logic
  • use rules to solve problems
  • order or arrange things

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include creating, designing, and making your own rules.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Cooperation
  • Independence
  • Initiative

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Web platform development software
  • Hypertext markup language HTML
  • Microsoft ASP.NET
Data base user interface and query software
  • Author-it
  • Microsoft Access
Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
associate's degree or
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$67,900
per year, on average
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