Documentation Specialist, Information Developer, Technical Communicator, Technical Writer
In the Air Force:
All Source Intelligence Analyst; All Source Intelligence Analyst Journeyman; Cryptologic Analyst and Reporter Helper; Cyber Intelligence Craftsman; Cyber Intelligence Journeyman, Analyst; Emergency Management Helper; Human Intelligence Specialist Apprentice; Public Affairs Apprentice; Public Affairs Manager; Space Systems Operations Craftsman
In the Army:
Human Intelligence Collector; Intelligence Analyst; Intelligence Senior Sergeant; Signals Acquisition/Exploitation Analyst; Signals Intelligence Analyst
In the Marine Corps:
Advanced Visual Information-Graphics Marine; Combat Graphics Specialist; Counterintelligence/Human Intelligence (CI/HUMINT) Specialist; Intelligence Specialist
In the Navy:
Broadcaster; CWO - Information Warfare Technician; Fleet Maintenance Activity Nuclear Planner; Intermediate Public Affairs Specialist; LDO - Intelligence; Mass Communications Specialist; Nuclear Propulsion Plant Planner; Quartermaster; RL - Special Duty Officer - Information Warfare Officer; Training Publications and Curriculum Officer; Weapons Technical Information Officer
When a nineteenth century British author wrote “the pen is mightier than the sword,” he was referring to the tremendous power of words used skillfully by writers and authors. Writers use their language skills to produce content for an audience. They compose books, movie screenplays, magazine articles, and web content. Writers need creativity to come up with ideas, critical thinking skills to convey their concepts clearly, and persuasively, when needed, and adaptability to understand their audience’s perspectives. The work of different types of writers varies significantly: creative writers like novelists, songwriters, poets, and playwrights are generally self-employed, and may labor for months or years before getting published, while technical writers and copywriters often work 9-to-5 jobs with a clear career path. Copywriters work on ad campaigns, and technical writers prepare instruction manuals and how-to guides. Using specialized skills, often learned on the job, they simplify complex ideas for the public, or write highly-technical material for a specific professional audience. Writers and authors often work in offices, but may work from any location with Internet access. Most writers have a bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, or English, and lots of writing practice. Aspiring writers who want to enter the field often gain experience from internships, blogging about their personal interests, writing for school publications, small businesses or non-profits, or local news organizations.
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.
Arts and Humanities
Engineering and Technology
computers and electronics
writing things for co-workers or customers
reading work related information
noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
communicate by writing
read and understand what is written
Ideas and Logic
use rules to solve problems
order or arrange things
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
You might use software like this on the job:
Web platform development software
Oracle JavaServer Pages JSP
Web page creation and editing software
Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver
Graphics or photo imaging software
Adobe Systems Adobe Creative Cloud
Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
associate's degree or bachelor's degree usually needed
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.