Technical Writer – Sara Bernier

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Day in the life of
Technical Writer – Sara Bernier

Sara Bernier
Technical Writer

Technical writing is a more detail-intensive task compared to other forms of writing. This means my day involves speaking to clients, analyzing the technical elements of a project, and then piecing together the content. I will often complete the research, write a structured layout (i.e. headings, main topics) and then begin writing. There are also multiple editing rounds before the document is passed onto a secondary editor. Some of these projects can take weeks to complete due to these steps.

My key responsibilities involve researching the client’s product/service, understanding its technicalities, and then penning them in a way readers can understand. In certain cases, I also participate in product testing to better understand the mechanisms. In general, there’s a balancing act here, which is why the 2-3 editing rounds are mandatory.

Pros

The pros include a higher barrier to entry, better pay, and a structured approach to writing.

Cons

The cons include a lot of time spent researching, ongoing edits, and strict legal requirements.

On the whole, technical writing is a rewarding opportunity for those who do get the chance to go down this path.

Sara Bernier
Technical Writer
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Technical Writers

write technical materials, such as equipment manuals, appendices, or operating and maintenance instructions. May assist in layout work.

Salary: $78590
Salary Rank: B
Education: Associate's degree
Becoming One: Hard
Job Satisfaction: Average
Job Growth: High
Suitable Personality: The Artist