My Writings non-credit classes

Before I went to Spokane Community College I attended non-credit classes at the Spokane Falls Community College. It was a program for people who wanted to go back to school but had difficulty and anxiety with the process. The class was called Transition to College. I wrote a paper While in there along with an outline. I wanted to post that here.

Stephanie Morante
Transition to College
February 21, 2019

  1. Introduction- The field of technical writing is a rapidly growing job market.
    a. The pay can very from $42,410 up to 113,810
    b. Expected to growth 11%
    c. Thesis Statement – Technical writing is a rapidly growing job market. Faster than most job markets
    due to the rapid growth in the science and engineering fields. Technical writers have a very interesting
    job. To become one takes a certain amount of education.
  2. Body- A technical writer has a very interesting job.
    a. Duties that are usually required of a technical writer.
    b. Work environment
    c. Job outlook
  3. Body- It takes a good amount of education to become a technical writer.
    a. English, journalism, communication
    b. Computer science, Medicine, Engineering
    c. licenses, certificates
  4. Body- There are other type of jobs you can have with this degree.
    a. Computer programmers. Median pay 82,240
    b. Writer and author. Median pay 61,820
    c. Interpreters and translators. Median pay 47,190
  5. Conclusion- Given the information and statistics I believe this will be a beneficial education

Thesis Statement
Technical writing is a rapidly growing job market. Faster than most job markets. To become one takes
a certain education in either English, journalism, and communication. Also, have knowledge in the field
of either engineering, medicine, and computer science.

Stephanie Morante
Transition to College
February 21, 2019


Technical writing


The job of technical writing is in a very desirable job market. The pay can very from
$42,410 up to 113,810. Expected growth is 11% over the next 7 years. Technical writing is a
rapidly growing job market, faster than most job outlooks due to the rapid growth in the science
and engineering fields. Technical writers have a very interesting job and to become one takes a
certain amount of education. Along with having certain responsibilities, there is also a lot of
room for advancement.
A technical writer has a very interesting job, they are also known as technical
communicators. They usually prepare instruction manuals which are used by companies as well
and the general population. Technical writers gather and investigate the information of products
to determine if they’ll work out. They use photographs, drawings, diagrams, animation, and
charts that help people in understanding the material. They speak to product designers and
developers to ensure understanding of a product. Working in a team environment to ensure
product is released on time.
The work environment for a technical writer is usually in an office setting. They usually
work for a company that specializes in technical communication. There are also some that work
freelance. When they work freelance they are usually paid per project. Most work full time and
are usually expected to work evenings and weekends to meet deadlines. Those who have
advancement in the field usually work on more complex projects or teach those who just enter the field.
Those who work in this field are expected to have a very detail oriented personality, So as
to be able to break down information for others. They also need to be able to think very critically
about projects. They must be able to take in complex information so as to simplify it. They need
to have excellent writing skills to explain information clearly for colleagues and consumers.
The job outlook for technical writers is rapidly growing due to science and medicine
improvement throughout the years, there is a greater need for writers who can communicate the
best and safest way to use the technology. As technology advances there is a greater need for
instructions to be broken down. There is also a greater need for technical books that can
communicate to younger generations.
It takes a good amount of education to become a technical writer. Employers usually
require a bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, or communication. A bachelor’s degree takes
four years to attain. A school of interest that offers a bachelor’s degree in technical writing is
Portland State University. This school resides in the Pacific Northwest of the United States.
Though, most employers require knowledge in other fields which can result in additional
education.
When you study English, you most likely, are looking to become an English teacher. With
technical writing you can write out those text books that can teach the children. Writing out the
text books can also help the teachers to better organize lessons. The more organized they are the
better they’ll be able to teach. It’s also involves writing articles in magazines, and writing the
instructions for science projects.
The additional education that is usually needed for technical writing is either engineering,
medicine, or computer science. The American Medical Writers Association offers a certification in writing for the medical field. The certification is usually offered to professionals already in the
medical and scientific field. They will develop the proper communication about medicine and
health for the proper audience.
There are other type of jobs you can have with this degree. Having this education and
experience can help those attain a job as a computer programmer, translator, author, and editor.
Having a English degree can help those to teach English as a foreign language. Some study
English and journalism to become an author or an editor. Having knowledge in computer science
will allow those to work as a computer programmer,who create and developing applications and
software for computers.
Given the information I believe this will be a beneficial educational choice and job. With
this job market rapidly increasing I believe there will be enough demand for a stable and
successful job.

Work Citated
“Summary.” U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 13 Apr. 2018, 
www.bls.gov/ooh/media-and-communication/technical-writers.htm#tab-1.

AMWA Journal - American Medical Writers Association, www.amwa.org/page/Med_Communication.

“Master's in Technical and Professional Writing.” Portland State University, 
www.pdx.edu/english/masters-in-technical-and-professional-writing

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