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Technical Writing Minor

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.

  • Impress future employers and enhance your earning potential
  • Increase your earning potential and develop skills that are transferable to almost any job in any company or industry.
  • Learn to develop documentation skills across multiple types of media and write with the audience in mind.

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.

Testimonials

“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

 

Careers for Technical Writers

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.

 

Contact

Dr. Marc Joseph
Chair, Dept. of English and Philosophy
Martin 336E
Tel: (660) 543-8696

Dr. Rebecca Miner
Technical Writing Program Coordinator
Martin 236M
Tel: (660) 543-8689

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