We surveyed 1,829 technical writers to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical technical writer. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a technical writer?

Low

High

Working as a technical writer typically doesn’t require the use of high levels of intelligence in daily tasks.

Can I learn to become a technical writer?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a technical writer typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.

Is it easy to get a job as a technical writer?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically difficult to find a job as a technical writer. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for technical writers.

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Do technical writers work full-time or part-time?

83% of technical writers work in full-time roles while 17% work part-time.

Is being a technical writer stressful?

Low

High

Technical writers tend not to find their jobs stressful, which likely contributes positively to career satisfaction.

Is being organized important as a technical writer?

Low

High

Some level of organization is generally required to be a technical writer.

How competitive is the workplace for technical writers?

Low

High

Competition at work is not common for technical writers.

Does being a technical writer require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Time pressure tends not to be a major contributor of stress for technical writers.

Are technical writers allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Technical writers rarely get a chance to express themselves creatively.

Do technical writers have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

Technical writers tend to have a set and inflexible work schedule that they are unable to deviate from too much.

Is being a technical writer physically demanding?

Low

High

Work as a technical writers is rarely physically demanding, making it a suitable option for those unable to perform physically strenuous tasks.

Are technical writers exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

Technical writers tend to have a monotonous work routine, with little variety in their day-to-day tasks.

Does being a technical writer require attention to detail?

Low

High

As in many careers, attention to detail is quite helpful for technical writers.

Does being a good technical writer require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

The ability to be compassion and empathetic isn't considered fundamental to success as a technical writer.