Technical Writers

89%

Will "Technical Writers" be replaced by AI & Robots?

It's highly likely this occupation will be replaced by robots/AI. However, workers may be able to take some comfort in the results from our poll, which shows a 50% chance of automation within the next 2 decades.

Automation Risk Level

Robots are watching

or 89% probability of automation

Projected Growth

10%

by 2024

People Employed

50,760

as of 2019

Median Annual Wage

$72,850

or $35.02 hourly

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Job description

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

SOC Code: 27-3042

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Comments

Mick Davidson (Could go either way) says
There’s a massive human element to tech writing, but never underestimate technology and where it might be in five years time. Also don’t ignore wishful thinking and subject ignorance.
Jul 11, 2020 at 05:09 AM
Janet says
Who will write about AI systems? AI itself?
Apr 26, 2020 at 12:28 AM
Mathew (No chance) says
Technical writing goes well beyond just writing the actual sentences.

I cannot fathom how AI would somehow be able to do all the things that are required to be done in order to complete a technical writing piece.

AI has already taken over the writing niche . . . people no longer need education to write, software helps them do it. That is all AI could ever do for a writer.
Jan 14, 2020 at 04:24 AM
Tad says
Until both the end-user and the engineer are both automated there is no feasible way to fully automate this job. You can have some IT tech writer positions that become more efficient through perhaps some auto-text generation but expecting this to translate into any hardware based product is extremely difficult to automate
Aug 06, 2019 at 11:08 PM
Anthony says
We already have artificial intelligence which is capable of blogging and reporting news articles without human beings being capable of detecting that this information has been written by what is effectively an algorithm, so it is incomprehensible (to me) that within the coming decades, for the concept of what it is to be a “writer” to remain unphased. I myself have worked as a writer and author and I can emphatically state that artificial intelligence is going to usher in a paradigm shift for those who are currently connected to the field of written work. The profession will remain intact until the end of the century, but swift and vast changes are to be had; this is an inevitability which we must accept, embrace, and use to empower modern day writers
Jul 16, 2019 at 09:50 PM
Mother (Small chance) says
Every company has their own standards for writing. The more successful writers are able to inject some personality into their writing.
Apr 26, 2019 at 05:34 PM
SEBASTIAN ARBOLEDA says
How will they take the job if you need to know the systems that you are writing about?
Apr 01, 2019 at 12:17 AM

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