What kinds of writing will I be prepared to do?
Today you may find yourself writing anything from the traditional instruction manual to descriptions of emergent technologies to copy for multimedia presentations. The possibilities continue to multiply as technology keeps expanding, but the writing expertise you cultivate in this program will prepare you for virtually any workplace challenge.
What is the job outlook for professional and technical writers?
Promising. The United States Department of Labor has predicted that employment opportunities for technical and professional writers will increase by 18 percent between 2008 and 2018, largely due to the rapid growth of scientific and technological information that must be conveyed, both online and in print, to a broad audience. Michigan residents in particular should see an increase in jobs for technical and professional writers as tax incentives attract more technology-based employers to our state.
Is this program for me?
Professional and technical writers bring an expertise in clear, well organized, and effectively presented writing to a wide variety of workplace settings. They are adept at translating complex ideas and processes, making them easier for the general public to understand. If you enjoy this type of writing and can see yourself working for businesses with a Web presence, software publishers, computer systems designers, consulting services, healthcare businesses, architectural firms, etc., this program may be for you.