CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Technical Writers and Editors

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Multi-Media/Print/Related
Job Family: Publications/Media/Print
Benchmark Title: Technical Writers and Editors
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Write technical materials, such as equipment manuals, appendices, or operating and maintenance instructions. May assist in layout work. Organize material and complete writing assignment according to set standards regarding order, clarity, conciseness, style, and terminology.
 
Maintain records and files of work and revisions.
 
Edit, standardize, or make changes to material prepared by other writers or establishment personnel.
 
Confer with customer representatives, vendors, plant executives, or publisher to establish technical specifications and to determine subject material to be developed for publication.
 
Review published materials and recommend revisions or changes in scope, format, content, and methods of reproduction and binding.
 
Select photographs, drawings, sketches, diagrams, and charts to illustrate material.
 
Study drawings, specifications, mockups, and product samples to integrate and delineate technology, operating procedure, and production sequence and detail.
 
Interview production and engineering personnel and read journals and other material to become familiar with product technologies and production methods.
 
Observe production, developmental, and experimental activities to determine operating procedure and detail.
 
Arrange for typing, duplication, and distribution of material.
 
Assist in laying out material for publication.
 
Analyze developments in specific field to determine need for revisions in previously published materials and development of new material.
 
Review manufacturer's and trade catalogs, drawings and other data relative to operation, maintenance, and service of equipment.
 
Draw sketches to illustrate specified materials or assembly sequence.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Multi-Media/Print/Related
Job Family: Publications/Media/Print
Benchmark Title: Technical Writers and Editors
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Communications and Media Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Multi-Media/Print/Related
Job Family: Publications/Media/Print
Benchmark Title: Technical Writers and Editors
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Multi-Media/Print/Related
Job Family: Publications/Media/Print
Benchmark Title: Technical Writers and Editors
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Multi-Media/Print/Related
Job Family: Publications/Media/Print
Benchmark Title: Technical Writers and Editors
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat software Document management software
 
Adobe Systems Adobe Captivate Computer based training software
 
Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver Web page creation and editing software
 
Adobe Systems Adobe Flash Player Web page creation and editing software
 
Adobe Systems Adobe FrameMaker Desktop publishing software
 
Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign Desktop publishing software
 
Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Adobe Systems Adobe RoboHelp Graphical user interface development software
 
Author-it Data base user interface and query software
 
Autodesk AutoCAD software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Business Objects Crystal Reports Data base reporting software
 
Cascading Style Sheets CSS Web platform development software
 
Corel CorelDraw Graphics Suite Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Corel Paint Shop Pro Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Corel Ventura Desktop publishing software
 
Darwin information typing architecture DITA Development environment software
 
Extensible markup language XML Enterprise application integration software
 
Hypertext markup language HTML Web platform development software
 
IBM Cognos 8 Business Intelligence Data mining software
 
IBM Lotus Notes Electronic mail software
 
IBM Rational ClearCase Configuration management software
 
IBM Rational ClearQuest Development environment software
 
JavaScript Web platform development software
 
JustSystems XMetaL Project management software
 
Microsoft ASP.NET Web platform development software
 
Microsoft Access Data base user interface and query software
 
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
 
Microsoft Office SharePoint Server MOSS Network conferencing software
 
Microsoft Office Visio Charting software
 
Microsoft Office software Office suite software
 
Microsoft Outlook Electronic mail software
 
Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation software
 
Microsoft Project Project management software
 
Microsoft Visual Basic Development environment software
 
Microsoft Word Word processing software
 
Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer Data base reporting software
 
Oracle software Data base user interface and query software
 
PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor Web platform development software
 
PTC Arbortext Desktop publishing software
 
PTC Pro/ENGINEER software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Quadralay WebWorks ePublisher Web page creation and editing software
 
SolidWorks CAD software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Standardized general markup language SGML Development environment software
 
Structured query language SQL Data base user interface and query software
 
Sun Microsystems Java Object or component oriented development software
 
Sun Microsystems JavaServer Pages JSP Web platform development software
 
Talisma Knowledgebase Data base user interface and query software
 
Web browser software Internet browser software
 
Compact digital cameras Digital cameras
 
Computer data input scanners Scanners
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Laptop computers Notebook computers
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Universal serial bus USB flash drives High capacity removable media drives
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Multi-Media/Print/Related
Job Family: Publications/Media/Print
Benchmark Title: Technical Writers and Editors
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Bachelor's Degree
 
Related Work Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training None
 
On-the-Job Training Anything beyond short demonstration, up to and including 1 month
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Multi-Media/Print/Related
Job Family: Publications/Media/Print
Benchmark Title: Technical Writers and Editors
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Assembly Instructions Writer
Contract Writer
Document Specialist
Documentation Designer
Documentation Specialist
Documentation Writer
Editor
Electronic Publications Specialist
Electronic Publisher
Engineering Documentation Specialist
Engineering Writer
Grant Writer
Handbook Writer
Health Science Writer
Health Technical Writer
Information Developer
Instructional Designer
Lexicographer
Manual Writer
Medical Technical Writer
Medical Writer
Process Description Writer
Proposal Writer
Report Writer
Scientific Writer
Specifications Writer
Technical Communicator
Technical Editor
Technical Publications Writer
Technical Writer
Technical Writer and Editor
Technical and Scientific Publications Editor
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Multi-Media/Print/Related
Job Family: Publications/Media/Print
Benchmark Title: Technical Writers and Editors
 
 
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