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North Carolina Educational Requirements for Technical Writers

As a North Carolina resident with an interest in possibly becoming a technical writer, you might be surprised to learn that there are actually no hard and fast requirements for doing this kind of work. Absolutely anyone can be hired to be a technical writer if an employer chooses to hire him or her. Of course, employers rarely tend to hire those without the proper training and education or experience, so you’ll want to make sure that you do everything within your power to increase your chances of being hired as a technical writer and having success in the field.

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Most people begin their journeys toward becoming technical writers with education, something that has become increasingly important to employers over the years. What kind of education you pursue, though, is up to you, and you certainly have plenty of choices at your disposal. Many people choose to earn their degrees in technical writing and/or professional writing itself. These degrees, which can be associate’s degrees, completed in two years on average; bachelor’s degrees, completed in four years on average; or master’s degrees, completed in one to three years on average and requiring a prerequisite bachelor’s degree. Technical writing degree programs will teach you about the technical writing industry, about proper grammar and formatting for various types of technical writing, and about commonly used technology in the technical writing world. Many people, however, do not feel that a degree in technical writing is necessary. Also, while it does work well for some people, a lot of today’s employers are leaning more toward hiring those who have knowledge in the content area for which they will be writing. An example would be an engineering technical writer with a degree in engineering, or a scientific technical writer with a degree in chemistry or biology.

Content area degrees are great because they allow you to become a technical writer if you choose, or to pursue a vast array of other career options should you decide, for whatever reason, that technical writing is not for you. Plus, you open yourself up to a lot more possibilities in terms of what schools you can attend. People can earn content area degrees at the associate’s level, the bachelor’s level, the master’s level, or even the doctoral level. Common academic majors include engineering, science, medical studies, English, or anything involving the use, design, or programming of computers or other electronics.

Some people do not actually decide to pursue formal educations in the field, and while it is possible for them to land a job as a technical writer, it is, unfortunately, much more difficult and much more unlikely. Experience, though, is something that can increase your chances of success without educational training. The experience doesn’t have to be anything super impressive either. If you, for example, had worked as a medical receptionist, there is a good chance you could be hired to be a medical technical writer. The reason for this is because you would be experienced in the language and jargon of the field, and you also would have connections in the industry of your choice that could help you to get started in technical writing. Also, if you don’t want to pursue an actual degree, you can help your chances of employment by completing a few standalone courses in technical writing or by taking a quick certification course. Those who are having trouble finding work in the field can try volunteering or taking on an internship to begin building up a résumé, which is also a good idea for those with degrees.

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