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Career Opportunities With a Major in Technical Communication

Individuals with a Technical Communication major are prepared to write, edit and publish a wide variety of reports, manuals, and other technical or lay publications produced by industry and government. Other career options are managing the flow of information within a company, government agency, or between industries and agencies; and designing and implementing internal training programs, and providing technical information through visual media.

Each area of emphasis offers training in one or more of the communications areas that are most in demand by industry and government. The technical writing and editing emphasis prepares students to write, edit and publish a wide variety of reports, manuals, and other technical publications produced by industry and government. The corporate communications emphasis is designed for students who will manage the flow of information within a company or government agency, or between industries and agencies. The technical media emphasis teaches students how to write, design, and produce media programs for the corporate, government, and cable sectors and focuses on the production of visual media that communicates technical information to a variety of audiences.

Skills Related to Technical Communication and Media Production

  • Ability to read and write articulately and analytically

  • Attention to detail

  • Aptitude for researching material of a technical nature

  • Ability to work well under pressure

Potential Careers Related to Technical Communication

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The following list is a representative sample of job titles for individuals with a Technical Communications major. The list represents some, but certainly not all, careers which Technical Communications majors may consider.

Some of these jobs also require education beyond a bachelor's degree.

Advertising Worker Announcer, TV/radio Annual Report Writer
Author Communications Lawyer Communications Manager
Corporate Animator Corporate Communicator Corporate Information Officer
Corporate Media Specialist Corporate Scriptwriter CPA
Digital Video Editor Freelance Writer Grant / Proposal Writer
Hardware Manual Writer Indexer Journalist
Multimedia Producer Networking Officer On-Line Media Producer
On-Line Writer Personnel / Human Resource Manager Procedures Manual Writer
Publications Officer Publisher Recruiter
Research Assistant Script Writer Software Manual Writer
Sound Technician Specifications Writer Teacher
Technical Communicator Technical Editor Technical Translator
Technical Writer Videographer Videotape Producer
Virtual Reality Designer Visual Media Producer Webmaster


Employers in Technical Communication

Employers Who Have Hired Graduates:

  • Advertising Agencies

  • Colleges/Universities

  • Government

  • Publishing Firms

  • Research Laboratories

  • Technical Journals

  • Telecommunications Companies

  • Television Stations

  • Web Design Companies

  • CH2MHill

  • Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries (CARL)

  • Columbia Swedish Medical Center

  • CU Health Sciences Center

  • Hewlett-Packard

  • IBM

  • Lockheed Martin

  • Media Lab

  • National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

  • Quark

  • Qwest

  • StorageTek Corporation

  • Telecommunications, Inc.

  • Valley Labs, Inc.

  • Waxman's

Professional Organizations in This Field

Websites Related to Technical Communication


The above information is collected from alumni surveys of numerous colleges, professional associations, and multiple print and online resources.

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