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Companies in every type of industry are hiring people who can convert complex information into clear, concise language for their customers and employees. And they especially value communicators who are savvy in the visual and digital formats preferred by their audiences.

Although your college career will have you writing more than you’ve ever written in your life, most of it won’t prepare you for the specific formats that technical reports, proposals and training manuals require. Attention to detail is critical when writing for science or government, as is writing medical information simple enough for the average person to understand.

At MSU Denver, we’ll help you develop your voice to become the best technical writer and editor you can be. We’ll teach you how to research like a journalist, design like an artist and write like a novelist. By the time you graduate, you’ll have the hands-on experience to make an immediate impact in your career.


Program Options


The Bachelor of Science in Technical Writing and Editing pairs well with the following minors:

  • Computer Science
  • Health Professions
  • Aviation
  • Earth and Atmospheric Studies
  • Industrial Design

Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver


MSU Denver has close associations with Colorado's aviation, aerospace, manufacturing, health care and technology sectors. Those industries have great need for people expert in technical writing and editing.


Career Opportunities for Our Graduates


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The median wage for technical writers in the U.S. is upwards of $70,000 per year. Technical writing jobs are expected to increase by 11 percent by 2026, which is faster than the national average.


Faculty


Lisa Ortiz_Technical CommunicationsLisa Ortiz

Prior to teaching, Lisa was a creative director for media companies such as Athletic Motion, MediaOne and America Online.  She received the Golden Key Excellence in Teaching Award from MSU Denver in 2014. Her research interests include media literacy, instructional design and technology, eLearning, front-end web design, motion design, interactive document design and visual communication.


Sample Classes


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Here are some classes you might take as a Technical Writing and Editing major:

  • Introduction to Technical Writing
  • Technical Editing
  • Producing Digital Documents
  • International Technical Communication
  • Environmental Industry Writing
  • Hardware & Software Documentation
  • Technical Writing for Translation

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