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This column is for those interested in technical writing. I feel it is very easy to get into technical writing, if you have a bit of talent and initiative. If you have a passion for writing, nothing like it. Surprisingly, hundreds of opportunities for technical writing are opening up. Every month as it were there are top recruiters asking for technical writers with experience Rarely, would you find an unemployed technical writer today. Writers today have so many opportunities like freelance writing for magazines, newspapers, websites and e-learning companies.
E-learning companies are a huge market for technical writers. Usually, such companies look for 20-40 technical writers at a time. Check out the job sites and you will find plenty of such opportunities.
You find a technical writing job and work for three years. You are getting a decent pay. Now, what? Begin freelancing. You can to get several contracts (and trips) to Dubai, then Hong Kong and to the US!
However, in companies there is a growth path for technical writers. From junior technical writer to senior technical writer, and finally documentation manager. Of course, some companies may even have a documentation director. There is scope for project management, document design, quality, etc. If you are passionate about writing, then these designations do not matter much. The fact that you are “re-arranging” text sometimes does matter. Usually, there is enough work to challenge you. There is enough work that you enjoy that you can feast on.