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Write your way to success!

Get started in a career that has a promising future and is financially rewarding. Opportunities in Technical Writing Careers provides you with a complete overview of the job possibilities, salary figures, and experience required to enter the field of technical writing.

This career-boosting book will help you:

  • Determine the specialty that's right for you, from proposal writing to research to manufacturing
  • Acquire in-depth knowledge of technical writing
  • Find out what kind of salary you can expect
  • Understand the daily routine of your chosen field
  • Focus your job search using industry resources


Copyeditor • Documentation specialist • Software technical writer • Knowledge analyst • Trainer • Technical editor

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071493116
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/21/2008
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 0.35 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 5.50 (d)

Meet the Author

McGraw-Hill authors represent the leading experts in their fields and are dedicated to improving the lives, careers, and interests of readers worldwide.

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Table of Contents

The Field of Technical Writing     1
What is technical writing?
Need for technical writers
Sharing your knowledge
Making a name for yourself
Job titles
Areas of specialization
Disastrous effects of bad technical writing
Examples of good technical writing
Where to find jobs
Qualities necessary for success
Problems faced by technical writers
Training for Technical Writers     23
Background you'll need
Differences between technical writing and technical editing
Courses in technical writing
Applying to university programs
In-company training
Society for Technical Communication
Additional training options
Words of advice
Education costs
Getting Started     45
Employment outlook
Researching the field
Researching the jobs
Sample job titles
Letters of application
Duties of the Technical Writer     55
Technical presses
Promotional writing
Technical advertising
News releases
Public relations
Instruction manuals
Research and development
Government-sponsored activities
Trade journals and house organs
Special projects
Technical reports
Audiovisual scriptwriting
Technical translation
Document coordination
Technical editors
Sample job advertisements
Large vs. small companies
Opportunities for advancement
Importance of teamwork
Final words
Employers of Technical Writers     95
Industrial companies
Research groups
Government agencies
Journals and magazines
Support companies
Teaching technical writing
Consulting and freelance writing
Summer employment
Working overseas
Related Fields and Growing Trends     117
Medical writing
American Medical Writers Association
Business writing
International Association of Business Communicators
Trends in professional education
Global information
Machine translation
Computer documentation
Looking ahead
Professional Associations     135
Recommended Reading     145

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Thunderstorms and Sonic Rainbooms by Dashwing

    Thunderstorms and Sonic Rainbooms by Dashwing •••••

    Rainbow Dash looked up at the sky, watching as the other pegasi in Ponyville brought in thunderclouds for their scedualed thunderstorm that afternoon. She was head of the Weather Team so it was her responcibility to make sure the other Weather Team members didn't mess up. "Bring one of those clouds over here!" she yelled, pointing to a spot in the sky. "There's still a big huge gap here!" "Yes ma'am!" Derpy Hooves, the clumsiest crosseyed pegasus in Ponyville, yelled back and filled in the gap. "Ok everypony!" Rainbow Dash signaled, and they all started jumping on the clouds to make them rain. Then they all flew into their houses. Rainbow Dash galloped to the nearest house of her friends; Twilight's house. "Hey Twilight," she said. "Thanks for letting me shelter here til the storm's over." "No problem!" Twilight said cheerfully, and they sat at the window watching the storm go on. As they watched, Rainbow Dash noticed that the storm was getting worse than it was supposed to. The sky was turning almost black, and the winds picked up to hurricane speed. Sh looked with worry out on Ponyville. She finally decided to go out and clear the clouds when a tree got ripped right out of the ground and flew onto Pinkie Pie's house. Rainbow Dash looked at the thick black clouds, searching her mind for ways safe enough to clear them. Then, as almost on cue, it hit her. She could do a Sonic Rainboom! Maybe that's effective enough for clearing clouds! she thought. She jumped into the air, dodging past falling tree branches and flying pieces of debris as she gathered up speed. She felt the asteroid bubble start to form at the tips of her hooves. She flew faster still, though. She saw the asteroid bubble start to point at her hooves. Then she felt the static around her, then, BOOM! A loud boom erupted and a giant circular fiery rainbow spread across the sky. It cleared all the clouds in its path. A rainbow trailed out from behind Rainbow Dash, and she made a rainbow in the sky before flying back down to earth. When she came back down, all of Ponyville was there to greet her and congradulate her on saving them from being crushed by trees. "Great job, Rainbow Dash!" Twilight said. "You were brilliant!" Rarity commented. "Well, they don't call me 'Rainbow' and 'Dash' for nothin'!" Rainbow Dash said, and they all laughed and went to go help Pinkie Pie fix her house. ~The end! Hope you liked! Plz read more of my stories at 'rainbow dash' results one through four and 'apple jack' results one through three. Thnx! =Dashie=>

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2013


    There will be no story im losing my dputy influincein another clan so i don't havetime

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2013

    Death fight by riverstream

    Sharpclan and Moleclan had gotten into a battle. In moleclan a little kit 2 moons old was made an app. She fought in the big battle and started fighting a warrior. Soon she died. Her mento fireclaw swore never to train another kit. Her memory lived forever in the clan. Soon another big battle came cats clawing. Blood dripping. Cats dying. All for nothing. Starclan was sad and mad. So they stopped the fight. The fight was known as the death fight

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2013

    Bloody Darkness Part Three By Jaysoar

    "Goosestrike!" Grasspetal yelled. Goosestrike shook his head and ge was back at camp, with everyone now staring at him like he turned into a twoleg, including his apprentice, Beepaw, and his mate, Moonstem.<br>

    <p>"What are you doing, staring into space like that?" Sunwhisker asked. "I-I thought TreeClan and CinderClan were attacking!" Goosestrike yowled. "Imagination, imagination!" Whiskerflower, who just appeared out of the warriors' den, snorted. "But I saw it! It was so real!" Goosestrike bellowed.<br>

    <p>"You did? Where?" Beepaw asked. But then bushes rustled and started to purr and meow. Goosestrike froze up when he saw Seedstar's, the leader of NightClan, head pop up. "NightClan, attack!" She ordered.<br>

    <p>Then, a swarm of cats came rushing in, their pelts in many different colors such as black, brown, tabby, cream, and tortoiseshell. One of the NightClan warriors, a black tom with white tabby stripes and amber eyes, sliced a unsheathed paw at Beepaw's face. She screeched in pain and fell to her side. The black warrior kept attacking by using his usheathed paw to slice her face. Her very pale tabby face was colored with a dark crimson.<br>

    <p>Goosestrike watched in horror as Beepaw gasped painfully. With all his strengh, Goosestrie lunged at the black tom, but a cream and brown tabby she-cat crashed into him and pinned him down with one paw one paw when he hit the ground.<br>

    <p>Goosestrike let out a yowl and uses all his strength on is hind leg to let out a explosive blow on the belly, skittling small scarlet drops to the ground. When the cream and tortoiseshell she-cat rose to her paws and ran away, Goosestrike turned to Beepaw and the black warrior. What he saw was heart-breaking and tragic. He couldn't see the black tom, but he could see a broken body in front of him.<br>

    <p>Sunwhisker finished off a brown-and-cream tom and scrambled up to Gosestrike, whose blue eyes are wide in terror. "No! Why?" Goosestrike cried out. "Why would NightClan d this?" Sunwhisker growled.<br>

    <p>The broken and dead body lying in front of them was Beepaw.<br>



    Sunwhisker woke up with a jolt of terror. He was back in his moss nest when it is moonhigh. He know what happened. He must have been knocked out during the battle when he was trying to take care of Goosestrike for Beepaw's lost. Her warrior ceromony should be tonight but NightClan killed her. 'Why would they do that?' Sunwhisr thought, his ginger fur stood on end.<br>

    <p>He got out of his nest and padded outside, where Silverpelt is watching his Clan and the stars shown most brightly. Suddenly, it seems like one of the stars is falling down. But, a cat ouline started to walk towards the earth in front of Sunwhisker.<br>

    <p>"Hi!" The cat mewed happily, her voice very familier. Sunwhisker studied her carefully, then gasped. "You're Beepaw, aren't you?" Sunwhisker asked.<br>

    <p>"Yes. But my name is Beetail now." Beepaw meowed. "I'm so sorry, Beetail." Sunwhisker started, but Beetail nodded. "That battle should have never happened." She murmured.<br>

    <p>"But it was NightClan's fault!" Sunwhisker pointed out. "No. It was the Dark Forests' fault." Beetail lashed her tail. "Be careful, Sunwhisker." Beetail added before dissappeafing under the moon.<br>

    <p>"Bloody Darkness Part Three By Jaysoar" -- 'I feel like this one is alright though. Hope you'll like it!'

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    Posted January 21, 2011

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    Posted April 26, 2011

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