There are currently an estimated 52,400 technical writers in the United States. The technical writer job market is expected to grow by 10.9% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are technical writers?

CareerExplorer rates technical writers with a C employability rating, meaning this career should provide moderate employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 11,700 technical writers. That number is based on 5,700 additional technical writers, and the retirement of 6,000 existing technical writers.

What’s the supply of technical writers?

The technical writer industry is concentrated in California, Texas, Virginia

Technical Writer job market by state

State Name Employed Technical Writers
California 6,340
Texas 4,360
Virginia 2,840
Massachusetts 2,450
New York 2,390
Florida 2,360
Maryland 2,180
New Jersey 1,980
Ohio 1,770
Pennsylvania 1,540
Illinois 1,520
North Carolina 1,480
Michigan 1,280
Washington 1,240
Colorado 1,220
Georgia 1,180
Missouri 1,120
Minnesota 1,030
Wisconsin 850
Arizona 820
Oklahoma 790
Indiana 740
Utah 740
District of Columbia 700
Alabama 700
Connecticut 690
Kansas 550
Oregon 530
South Carolina 530
Tennessee 480
Iowa 470
New Mexico 370
Nebraska 300
Idaho 250
Nevada 250
Kentucky 250
Rhode Island 210
Louisiana 180
Arkansas 180
New Hampshire 180
Vermont 160
Mississippi 120
Puerto Rico 110
South Dakota 100
North Dakota 100
West Virginia 90
Delaware 90
Maine 70
Hawaii 70
Alaska 70
Montana 60
Wyoming 30