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Technical Writing Jobs That Help You Earn Huge Payout

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Technical writing is a specialized writing niche that deals with the documentation and explanation of the functionality of machinery, computer software, and many other similar objects.

The basic aim of writing technical documents is to simplify complex procedures and make it understandable to the masses or a particular group of professionals.

The most important technical writing features are:

  1. Write in a plain English
  2. Make it understandable to the wide audience
  3. Avoid jargons, use it when necessary or written for a particular set of professionals
  4. Provides training to the newbies about the working of machinery or software
  5. Intends to meet a goal or accomplish a task

If you work in a technical field, there is a high possibility that you must have written some technical documents at some point in your career.

For more information, on how to get into this field, check out this article: How to Become a Technical Writer

Here I am going to discuss with you the most common and highly-rewarding jobs that you can specialize in while working in the field of technical writing.

Note: Some of these jobs don’t require you to have high technical skills, which means anyone with great writing skills can excel in these jobs. On the other hand, I have also mentioned a few jobs on the list that expect you to know writing skills as well as high-level technical skills.

Highly-rewarding Jobs in Technical Writing


1. Grant proposal Writing

  • Earlier grant writing was considered applicable only for the non-profit organizations, but now lots of for-profit organizations also demand grant writers.
  • Writers, with grant writing skills, are impressively paid and are required to write a grant proposal on behalf of the organization.
  • In private organizations, they need to write documentation that satisfies the conditions mentioned in Request For Proposal (RFP) and also, wins commercial bids.

If this interests you, check out this article on how to write grant proposals. There are some additional resources also included with it.


2. CV, Resume and Cover Letter Writing

  • This field has no end, not till the private organizations are in full-action. Lots of people are not aware of the huge demand resume writers have.
  • While a resume and cover letter may not seem like a big deal, when you are in competition with thousands others job-seekers to get a good job, you, certainly, wish to know how to make a mark in front of the recruiters.
  • Your cover letter and resume are your first impression with the company, it has to be outstanding.
  • Learn how to write effective resumes and cover letters and I bet you, you’ll never run out of a job.

3. QCP (Quality Control Plan) Writing

  • QCP writing is intended to describe the necessary qualities of defense-related products.
  • It is submitted by the defense contractor in order to win a defense-related bid.
  • This type of writing is not at all complicated and if given time, you can learn it in a day.
  • You can also earn a good income as a freelance QCP writer by writing for defense contractors and vendors.
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4. Tests and Quizzes

  • Tests and Quizzes are conducted several times a year by different companies. None of the companies wants to repeat the same old junk questions.
  • Also, with the advancement in education and training centers, the old questions tend to get easy and obvious for the applicants.
  • You, as a technical writer, can come up with all the possible types of exam tests, questions, and quizzes.
  • The best way is to pick a test-preparation book, look for its publisher and send the query to the editor.

5. Policies and Procedures

  • Policies and Procedures are the need of every small and big company.
  • It is not just writing once and use it anytime. These documents are subject to change either weekly, monthly, quarterly, half-yearly or yearly.
  • And every such time, a writer is needed to implement the necessary details in a manner understandable by each company employees.
  • While writing policies and procedures is not at all complex, you need to be extra careful as the working of the whole company depends on it.

Check out this step-by-step guide to help you become an expert in writing policies and procedures.


6. Case Studies

  • A case study takes into account a particular problem of the organization.
  • Research is conducted to analyze the before and after situations on trying alternative methods to resolve the problem.
  • Out all of all the methods, the best one is identified and practically, implemented as the solution.
  • Since all the companies face certain problems, case study writers are a huge benefit to these companies in order to resolve the problem and reduce its chances of happening again.
  • This is quite similar to writing white papers.

7. Game Rule Writing

  • Video games enthusiasts spend billions every year.
  • Some games are easy to understand as the player starts playing, others are complicated with lots of twists and turns.
  • In this case, only a technical writer can help simplify the complex nature of the game to the players.
  • The most important information will be about, “how to win a game”, “how to cross the level”, “what things are permitted or prohibited”.

8. Defence Industry Writing

  • Defence Industry has been revolutionised with the inclusion of political developments and wars, causing an increase in the defence expenditure.
  • To make sure the money is carefully invested, it is important to document every products and service. A technical writer plays a huge role in this task.
  • A defence writer can earn a good income on a full-time basis. Some are required to have a top-secret security clearance.

9. Financial Writing

  • Even during the time of recession, the need for someone, who can handle the finances and explain the taxpayers about investments, is never limited.
  • Being a finance writer, you have the opportunity to help people on how to invest safely, how to do the savings and what others money management tricks they can adopt.
  • It also includes insurance management, understanding the technicality of various companies and retirement plans and so on.
  • Along with technical and financial skills, you can also learn copywriting skills to earn a massive income yearly.

For more details on financial writing, check out this link on how to become a successful Finance Writer.


10. Medical and Regulatory Writing

  • Medical fields need to be dealt with high-precision to avoid any legal issues.
  • Especially pharmaceutical companies who always need a highly intellectual technical writer to help them out with the regulatory documents.
  • This can help you earn a pretty good income as these companies can’t market any drug without the approval of regulatory agencies.
  • Their whole company conduct depends on this piece of paper which is written by you, so being a medical writer is quite a lucrative job among the highest paying technical writing jobs.

11. Software and Hardware Documentation

  • The usage of mobile and computer is so popular that there’s no end in the development of new software and hardware as well as in their advancement.
  • As a technical writer, your job is to write their specifications, details about system configuration, installation guides, user manuals and quick-reference guides.
  • Other related writing niche includes network and security analysis and telecommunications documentation.

The last four jobs demand you to have additional skills besides great writing knowledge, but they are also the highest paying among all. Working as a technical writer is itself an advantage, it gives an edge in the technology and marketing fields. At the same time, it requires you to stay up-to-date with the latest developments and inventions in the tech field.

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