Technical writers help people understand complex material on specialized topics. With the Technical Writing minor at the University of Central Missouri, you will create documents that simplify complex subjects in your major and communicate the ideas in easy-to-understand terms.
This minor is open to all majors. Complete an internship in your program. The courses in this minor ensure you are the standout candidate for a position. The electives allow you to learn about multimedia design while the required courses teach explicit writing instruction, ethics, design and documentation, and audience-focused writing to make sure you are prepared for your job.
“The Technical Writing minor helped me better my writing skills for the business setting. I feel much more confident in my skillset and more valuable in the job market. This part of my education has prepared me for the job market and helped me to understand what both companies and audiences need in a writer.”
–Julia Landrum, 2017 graduate
"I now have a passion for computer programming and coding, which I would have never gained experience in if I didn't enroll in the Technical Writing minor. The Technical Writing minor has given me professional confidence and has made me feel more career ready."
–Kaitlin Hall, 4th Year, English major
"My internship through UCM's Technical Writing program provided real world experience and made me marketable in a competitive industry. The knowledge and skills that I gained through the Technical Writing minor helped me to begin the career that I wanted at a great company."
–Kathleen Joseph, 2016 Graduate, Cerner, Technical Writer
Ranked #3 by US News and World Report (2017) as one of the “Best Jobs” in the country and by Newsweek as among the top 100 degrees in modern higher education, Technical Writing is a great career choice to add to your degree program. The national average salary of technical writers is $58,000.* Graduates in this program utilize their technical writing skills as:
● Copyeditors for journals or other publication houses
● Digital content developers or social media managers for online publications
● Writers for technical documentation who compose user manuals and online help files
● Non-profit professionals who compose grant applications and promotional materials
● Documentation control specialists who organize documents in specific industries, including creating and designing logos, report writing, document design, and utilize other professional writing skills such as composing proposals and business letters.
* Source: Glassdoor.