Employment and Internships

Employment Prospects

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Employment of technical writers is projected to grow 10 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth will be driven by the continuing expansion of scientific and technical products and by growth in Web-based product support. Job opportunities, especially for applicants with technical skills, are expected to be good. The continuing expansion of scientific and technical products and growth in Web-based product support will drive employment demand for technical writers. Growth and change in the high-technology and electronics industries will result in a greater need for those who can write instruction manuals and communicate information clearly to users. Professional, scientific, and technical services firms are expected to continue to grow rapidly and should be a good source of new jobs even as the occupation finds acceptance in a broader range of industries.
(Occupational Outlook Handbook 2016)

Locally, the Texas Workforce Commission has good new for technical writers. Go to http://www.tracer2.com/publication.asp?PUBLICATIONID=830, download the spreadsheet, and search on technical writer.

Be aware that students in ACC’s Business & Technical Communications program routinely get employment—often as they are taking our courses. One student enrolled in the FrameMaker course (ETWR 2472) cited FrameMaker on her Monster.com resume; she had handsome job offers before the semester was over.

See this list of employment links.

Internships and Volunteering

You can get academic or continuing-education credit for internships. However, the Business and Technical Communication Program cannot find you an internship. See internship and volunteering resources for possibilities. When you find an internship, contact the BTCM department chair to work out the details.

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