Technical Writers research and write technical information-based material and documentation for articles, manuals, text books, handbooks, or multimedia products, usually for education or corporate purposes.
Researches and writes technical, information-based material and documentation for manuals, text books, handbooks and multimedia products.
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
JSA produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. Employment projections data are only produced for occupations at the broad four digit Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) level. While data are not available for this occupation, projections data are available for the parent occupation, Journalists and Other Writers, under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
Around 68% of people employed as Technical Writers work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is similar to the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 42 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Technical Writers||All Jobs Average|
Around 77% of Technical Writers live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.
New South Wales has a large share of employment relative to its population size.
The regions with the largest share of workers are:
- Melbourne - Inner
- Sydney - North Sydney and Hornsby
- Australian Capital Territory
- Sydney - City and Inner South
- Melbourne - Outer East.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Technical Writers is 45 years. This is higher than the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 35 to 44 years.
Females make up 56% of the workforce. This is 8 percentage points above the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Technical Writers||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||7.0||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
A formal qualification in a specialist field is usually needed to work as a Technical Writer. University and Vocational Education and Training (VET) are both common study pathways.
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Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Technical Writers||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||29.4||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||1.9||12.5|
Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Journalists and Writers who are literate and can interact well with others.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Reading work related information.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Talking to others.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
43%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
43%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
43%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Teaching people how to do something.
Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.
Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.
30%Management of personnel resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.
27%Quality control analysis
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
69%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
60%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
59%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
55%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
51%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
46%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
44%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
37%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
27%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
20%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
14%Medicine and dentistry
Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Write in a way that people can understand.
Read and understand written information.
Listen to and understand what people say.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Communicate by speaking.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
57%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
34%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
76%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
73%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
68%Explaining things to people
Helping people to understand and use information.
68%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
66%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
66%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
65%Making sense of information and ideas
Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.
64%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
63%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
59%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
58%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.
56%Training and teaching others
Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.
53%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
50%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
49%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
48%Scheduling work and activities
Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
48%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
46%Communicating with the public
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
39%Estimating amounts, costs and resources
Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.
Interests and demands
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Use electronic mail.
Work with people in a group or team.
91%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
91%Spend time sitting
Spend time sitting at work.
90%Repeating same tasks
Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.
88%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
Talk with people face-to-face.
Work to strict deadlines.
83%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
Talk on the telephone.
83%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
80%Making repetitive motions
Spend time making repetitive motions.
72%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
70%Using your hands to handle, control, or feel
Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
69%Letters and memos
Write letters and memos.
69%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
66%Lead or coordinate a team
Lead others to do work activities.
64%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
62%Loud or uncomfortable sounds
Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.
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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 27-3042.00 - Technical Writers.