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Tennessee Regulations on Becoming a Technical Writer

As a Tennessee resident, you might be surprised to know that there are not any hard and fast rules on what you must do in order to begin working as a technical writer. In fact, there aren’t really any “rules” at all. Absolutely anyone can be hired as a technical writer if an employer chooses that person. The truth is, though, that in Tennessee, the competition for technical writing jobs is pretty intense. This means that it is really in your best interest, if you are serious about being a technical writer, to do everything in your power to increase your chances of being hired.

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The first thing you will want to do to make yourself a likely candidate for employment in the technical writing field is to get an education. Hold on one second, though. If you already have an education of any kind, know that it may be all that you need to work in the field. Many people mistakenly think that a degree in technical writing is the only way to enter the industry, but this is not the case at all. If you have degree in any area, known as a content area, for which technical writers are hired on a regular basis, you can probably find a job with a little work and effort.

Of course, if you do want to go for a technical writing degree, there is certainly no reason not to do so. Community colleges and traditional colleges and universities throughout the state, as well as online schools all over the world, offer great associate’s level degrees, bachelor’s level degrees, and even master’s level degrees in technical and/or professional writing, as it is sometimes referred to as. Such a degree program should teach you about the modern technical writing industry, the history of the industry, how to use various tools and programs to create documents, proper grammar, proper spelling, formatting for various types of documents, and more.

For some people though, even for some people who love the idea of being technical writers, just studying the writing itself is boring. That is why many people are choosing to major in content areas instead. Common majors include English, engineering, mathematics, science, medical studies, pharmacology, anything having to do with computers, website design, advertising, and so much more. You can earn associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and even doctoral degrees.

If you want an education, either in technical writing or a content area, but don’t want to or are unable to, for whatever reason, to commit yourself to a full on degree program, you still have some viable options. You can sign up for and complete a certificate granting course, either online or through a trade or technical school. These are usually brief and affordable and increase your expertise in a particular area of technical writing or the content area. Also, many community colleges and traditional colleges and universities will allow you to sign up for helpful classes as a non degree seeking student.

Remember too that experience is every bit as important to your education, if not more so, than the classes that you take. In fact, many people are currently working in the technical writing field who do not have degrees at all, but instead got started because they worked entry level positions in a related field, made important connection, and/or, along the way, learned skills and information conducive to a technical writing career. So, work is definitely a viable alternative or addendum to a college education in technical writing or a content area.

Whether you go to school or not, an internship, which is an experiential learning opportunity, may also be an incredibly smart choice for you. Internships can be paid, unpaid, or even taken for class credit if you are still in school and the specific internship is approved by your higher learning institution. With internships, you not only learn valuable skills for working as a technical writer and build up your resume, but you also open yourself up to making very important connections in the field, connections which can easily- and often do- lead to employment, either right away or later on down the road.

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