Variant of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021 Version 1.0 for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

51112 - Technical writers

Technical writers write manuals and specifications for publication or presentation. They are employed by governments, large corporations, private consulting firms, publishing firms, and other establishments, or they may be self-employed.

  • Illustrative example(s)

    • medical writer
    • scientific writer
    • technical writer

    All examples

  • Exclusion(s)

    • Authors and writers (See 51111 Authors and writers (except technical))
    • Editors (See 51110 Editors)
    • Journalists (See 51113 Journalists)
    • Songwriter (See 51121 Conductors, composers and arrangers)
    • Translators, terminologists and interpreters (See 51114 Translators, terminologists and interpreters)
  • Main duties

    This group performs some or all of the following duties:

    • Analyze material, such as specifications, notes and drawings
    • Conduct interviews and research to gather information on a specific field
    • Write, review and update manuals, user guides and other documents to provide instruction and to explain clearly and concisely the installation, operation and maintenance of software and electronic, mechanical and other equipment
    • Develop and maintain help documentation
    • May design and develop training course material
    • May help create content for software products, such as on-screen instructions and error messages.
  • Employment requirements

    • A university degree in the area of specialization, such as computer science or engineering is usually required.
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