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When you purchase brand new handset or any electronic
gadget, an attractive users manual comes with the package.
As we all know we Indians rarely sift through manuals unless
until we stumble upon any function. If you have any manual
please go through it carefully to understand the philosophy
behind the creation of the same. To make things simple
technical writing helps to convey the complicated technical
information that is supposed to be known by the user. The
main feature of these manuals is to put you in the users
shoes and preconceive the troubles and subsequent troubleshooters
in a simple and lucid language. Though this constitutes
as only one part of the technical writing jobs that are
available in the market. Almost all software-developing
firms need technical writers to write down user manuals
of software products, help matters and other content. In
America technical writing has developed as a full fledged
profession. Contrary to this scenario in India it has to
take formal shape yet. Many software companies are now
walking up to the reality where need for the professionally
groomed experts is felt. Few institutes have also come
forward with training modules.
Skills Required :
Good command over English language-
verbal and written.
Well versed with documentation software's
like MS Word & Adobe
Preferably technical background i.e.
B.E. Comp / Electronics / Electrical / Mechanical with
experience in creative writing.
Jobs in technical writing are full
time as well as freelance. Full time vacancies are with
which big software/electronic goods manufacturing
firms are outsourcing the activity. Now a days software
are directly recruiting technical writers. Do search
job sites for updated information about technical
If you wish to work freelance then
you may require to register on any of the online technical
writer communities or you can lookout for such jobs
on the Internet.
writers often work under titles that include phrases like
Information Development, Technical Documentation,
or Technical Publications. For example,
in some organizations, Technical Writers may be called Information Developers,
Documentation Specialist, Documentation Engineer, or Technical Content Developers.
Technical writers explain complex ideas to technical and nontechnical audiences.
This could mean telling a programmer how to use a software library, or telling
a consumer how to operate a television remote.
Technical writers gather information from existing documentation, and from
subject matter experts. A subject matter expert (SME) is any expert on the
topic the writer is working on. Technical writers usually are not SMEs themselves
unless they're writing about creating good technical documentation. Workers
at many levels, and in many different fields, have a role in producing and
distributing technical communications. A good technical writer needs strong
language skills, and must understand the highly evolved conventions of modern
technical communications. For technical documents to be useful, readers must
understand and act on them without having to decode wordy and ambiguous prose.
Precision in technical writing is critical. If something is described incorrectly,
readers may act improperly, causing mistakes or even raising issues of liability.
The Society for Technical Communication is the largest technical writing association
in USA. The STC defines technical communication as "The process of gathering
information from experts and presenting it to an audience in a clear, easily
understandable form." They add: "Technical writing and editing is
an umbrella term for any sort of professional communication. It's the interface
between your ideas and the rest of the world". The equivalent organisation
in the UK is the Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators (ISTC).
Tools Used In Technical Writing:
tools : FrameMaker, Microsoft Word and Interleaf.
tools : Corel Draw, PhotoShop and Paint Shop Pro.
authoring tools : RoboHelp, Fore Help.
tools : Front Page, and Dream Weaver MX.
Technical writing is most often associated with online
Help and user manuals; however, there are other forms of
technical content created by technical writers, including:
Alarm clearing procedures, Annunciator response procedures,
Application programming interface programmers' guides Assembly
instructions Business Guides Contracts Certification and
accreditation activities Corporate Annual Reports Corporate
disclaimers Developer Guides Feature Design documentation
Getting Started cards or guides Maintenance & repair
procedures Industrial film or video scripts Installation
guides Magazine articles Network administrators' guides
Network configuration guides Network recovery guides Policies
and procedures Presentations Proposals Reference documents
Release notes Reports Requirements documentation Scientific
reports Site preparation guides Specifications Technical
papers Training materials Troubleshooting guides Tutorials
You may have modest start with 10,000-15,000
per month which consequently grows with experience upto
As a freelance technical writer you may earn on an
hourly basis or sign a contract on project basis.
However the figure you quote has to be realistic
by the industry facts. Normally in America hourly charging is done with
$5 to $8 per hour. In India if you discount the figure
it may come around Rs.200-350
Currently 'Technowrites' a Pune based firm
conducts training in technical writing.
branding of the institute, Institutes may
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for career guidance seminars.
: Prof. Vijay Navale : +91-9822502969
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