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Technical writer (m/f/d)

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Technical writers: presenting complex matters in a simple way

Technical writers do not have a specific field of expertise. Usually, they work in the area of technical documentation of large industrial companies. The main task of technical writers is to explain the functions of technical devices in an understandable language and thus make them accessible to users.

Which opportunities do technical writers have on the labour market?

Qualified technical writers – be it graduates with academic degrees in relevant study courses such as technical communication or newcomers – are highly in demand in Germany. For newcomers, it is essential to have completed an additional training programme and to possess a formal qualification in technical communication. Engineers and specialists with a technical vocational qualification have particularly good chances in many organisations. Software companies, however, are increasingly searching for newcomers with a non-technical background as well. Learn more about your opportunities!

What are the tasks and responsibilities of technical writers?

Technical writers are generalists who manage the entire development process of technical documentations, i.e. they design, create and update technical documentations such as manuals, installation and assembly instructions or training materials. For this purpose, technical writers must develop concepts, research product information and be in constant contact with developers.
Furthermore, many of them also work as science writers, which means they mainly write manuals or articles for specialist journals.

  • Research activities
  • Development of concepts
  • Creation of technical documentations
  • Preparation of editorial content
  • Exchange with developers

Which hard skills and soft skills should technical writers have?

Technical writers need to have expertise in the fields they are working in and knowledge of the relevant technologies. Moreover, they must have a good command of EDP, CMS and graphic design programmes. Excellent language skills are essential in order to be able to present even highly complex matters in a simple way.

Apart from that, certain soft skills are required.

  • Excellent German and English skills
  • Good time management skills
  • Extensive communication skills
  • A thorough way of working
  • An analytical way of thinking and conceptual skills

What is the average salary of technical writers?

The salaries of technical writers differ widely. While their average salary is about EUR 40,000 at smaller companies, they may earn up to EUR 70,000 per year at larger companies.

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As a technical writer, you are responsible for corporate information management. You present complex matters in a simple way and are not limited to a specific industry. We will be happy to support you in searching for a promising position in a suitable company. Learn more about the benefits of finding a job with Hays!

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