Technical Writers research and write technical information-based material and documentation for articles, manuals, text books, handbooks, or multimedia products, usually for education or corporate purposes.

    You usually need a formal qualification in a related field to work as a Technical Writer. Technical Writers often have university qualifications.

    Tasks

    • Researches and writes technical, information-based material and documentation for manuals, text books, handbooks and multimedia products.

    All Journalists and Other Writers

    • $1,576 Weekly Pay
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Technical Writers

    • 2,900 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 68% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 42 hours Average full-time
    • 45 years Average age
    • 56% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Technical Writers (in their main job) grew strongly over 5 years:
    from 2,600 in 2011 to 2,900 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Technical Writers work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: They work in many industries such as Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Public Administration and Safety; and Arts and Recreation Services.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (68%, similar to the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 45 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (52%).
    • Gender: 56% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services24.6
    Public Administration and Safety12.0
    Arts and Recreation Services10.1
    Manufacturing8.2
    Other Industries45.1

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateTechnical WritersAll Jobs Average
    NSW35.131.6
    VIC24.725.6
    QLD19.420.0
    SA5.07.0
    WA9.910.8
    TAS1.42.0
    NT0.31.0
    ACT4.11.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketTechnical WritersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.4-5.05.0
    20-242.9-9.39.3
    25-3419.4-22.922.9
    35-4425.8-22.022.0
    45-5425.1-21.621.6
    55-5911.1-9.09.0
    60-648.3-6.06.0
    65 and Over7.0-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationTechnical WritersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate29.4-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree38.0-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma12.0-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV9.8-21.121.1
    Year 128.1-18.118.1
    Year 110.7-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below1.9-12.512.5

    You usually need a formal qualification in a related field to work as a Technical Writer. Technical Writers often have university qualifications.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. English Language

      77% Skill level

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    2. Clerical

      74% Skill level

      Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

    3. Computers and Electronics

      69% Skill level

      Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    4. Communications and Media

      60% Skill level

      Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

    5. Education and Training

      59% Skill level

      Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Electronic Mail

      95% Important

      How often do you use electronic mail?

    2. Work With Work Group or Team

      92% Important

      How important is it to work with others in a group or team?

    3. Being Exact or Accurate

      91% Important

      How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

    4. Spend Time Sitting

      91% Important

      How much time do you spend sitting?

    5. Repeating Same Tasks

      90% Important

      How important is it to repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping?

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 27-3042.00 - Technical Writers.

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