Please note that this is just an approximate picture, and not one means you have to go through each level exactly.

You may start the Intermediate level if you bring yourself a strong background in software skills and work experience.

Or who knows can you reach the top level within 5 years? This is certainly possible.

Individual cases can always change. But I believe that the following is still a useful overall picture of the comprehensive survey of technical writing and some general benchmarks. They are based on non-scientific studies but over 10 years of professional experience.

Please let me know if you have any questions about these career profiles.

: 0-5 years

Employee Skills:

  • Writing Documentation User manuals, installation guides, release notes, help files.
  • No Supervisory or Leadership Capability.
  • Optional: Graphic and Illustration Skills.
  • Optional: Photoshop
  • Optional: Illustrator
  • etc.
  • Optional: Version Management Software (MS Resource Assurance etc.)

2. Profile: Medium Level Technical Writer

Duration: 5-10 years

Distribution Skills:

  • Writing and editing interface and procedural documents including user guides, guides, quick instructions, release notes, system configuration guides, and help files.
  • Single Purchase and Structured Author.
  • Graphic, illustration, print page and webdesign skills.
  • Supporting projects as a lead writer and supervising one or more young writers.
  • Optional: Localization and translation skills of simple documents and sites.
  • Optional: publishing articles in popular professional journals such as STC Intercom.
  • Optional: Legal expert in technical technical communication competitions.
  • Software Skills:

    • Microsoft Office Suite
    • FrameMaker (Unstructured and Structured)
    • Photoshop
    • Illustrator
    • Help Editor (RoboHelp, Flare, Quadralay, DoctoHelp, / or HTML Encoding

    3. Profile: Senior-level Technical Writer

    Working Time: Over 10 Years

    Workplace Skills:

    • Writing and Editing Interface and process documentation including user guides, installation guides, notes system configuration guides, help files, API guides
    • Single Purchase and Structured Editing, including DITA Structure and Database Publishing
    • Graphic, Illustrations, Print Page and Web Design
    • Lead Projects as lead authors and one or more junior and senior author supervisors
    • Advanced printing and online documentation project localization skills.
    • publishing articles in expert journals such as STC Technical Communication.
    • Optional: serves as a guardian in professional technical communications competitions.
    • Software Skills:

      • Microsoft Office Suite
      • FrameMaker (Unstructured and Structured)
      • Photoshop
      • Illustrator
      • Help Editor (RoboHelp, Flare, Quadralay, DoctoHelp,
      • Optional: Database Publishing Editor (TEX, PatternStream, etc.)

      Optional: XML Editor (FrameMaker, Arbortext, Oxygen, etc.)

      Source by Ugur Akinci

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