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Technical Communication Careers Overview

Technical writers, editors, or communicators write content for a wide variety of media and materials. These include scripts for instructional videos, articles in medical and trade journals, computer user manuals, package inserts for prescription drugs, proposals for contracts between companies, industrial research reports, help menus and explanations inside software, and advertisements for technical products. Also, many professionals in the technical communications field work part-time or freelance, enjoying flexibility and free time for other work or family.

Professional Responsibilities


When you earn your bachelor's degree in Business Administration from DeVry University with a major in Technical Communication, you'll be prepared to apply your skills to print, video, and online media as a technical writer or editor. In a technical communications career, you'll interpret data, statistics, and other specialized information and then translate it into materials that can be understood easily by both technical and nontechnical audiences. Your professional responsibilities could include:

  • Planning, writing, and editing scientific, technical and/or medical reports
  • Developing equipment manuals and how-to operating and maintenance instructions
  • Overseeing preparation of illustrations, photographs, diagrams, and charts
  • Researching and organizing information for advertising or public relations needs
  • Integrating text with graphics and/or sound

Industries


Technical communication careers can be found a number of industries, including:

  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Education

Career Options


DeVry University graduates in Business Administration with a major in Technical Communication will be prepared for careers in areas such as:

  • Scientific, technical, and medical writing and editing
  • Equipment manual and operation instructions content creation
  • Advertising and public relations information development

For related career paths, see all degree programs offered by the College of Business & Management.
 

The DeVry University Career Advantage


Whether you are looking to attend a traditional campus or an online university, DeVry University is the place where you can gain the skills, credentials, and respect you need to succeed in the world of finance. The proof is in the numbers. In 2012, 90% of DeVry University graduates actively seeking employment had careers in their field within 6 months of graduation.*

* Figure based on 2012 graduates self-reporting data to DeVry University Career Services who were employed at graduation or actively seeking employment in their field after graduation. Does not include graduates who were not actively seeking employment, as determined by DeVry University Career Services, or who did not report data on employment status to DeVry University Career Services.