Technical Writers

4.7/10 job score
risk level
by 2031
or $37.53 hourly
as of 2021

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 79% (Robots are watching)

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Qualities required for this occupation:
There aren't any important qualities of this job that can't be easily automated
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What do you think the risk of automation is?

How likely do you think this occupation will be taken over by robots/AI within the next 20 years?

How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Technical Writers' job openings is expected to rise 5.5% by 2031
'Technical Writers' is expected to be an average growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031.
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.

What are the median wages for 'Technical Writers' in the United States?

In 2021 the median annual wage for 'Technical Writers' was $78,060, or $37.53 hourly
'Technical Writers' are paid 70.6% higher than the national median wage, which stands at $45,760
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed as technical writers?

As of 2021 there were 47,620 people employed as Technical Writers within the United States.
This represents around 0.03% of the employed workforce across the country.
Put another way, around 1 in 2 thousand people are employed as Technical Writers.

Job description

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

SOC Code: 27-3042.00


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Alen (Could go either way) says
Writing requires creativity and contextual understanding of a particular work. Also, the audience of the written work is humans and it requires a certain sense of being able to understand another human to produce work that the humans can understand. So, I'm not really sure if robots would be able to do that unless they reach the level of intelligence that humans have.
Jan 20, 2021 at 04:24 PM
Liu Qin (Likely) says
More and more technical documentation has become structural writing. Writing documentation is more and more like writing a code. AI will learn writing a code easily in the future.
Nov 22, 2020 at 03:26 AM
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
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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