List of Accredited Online Degrees

Online Technical Writing Degree Grads Write Manuals and Guides
Have you been blessed with a knack for words but also enjoy computer science? If so, then consider earning an online technical writing degree. You'll enhance your writing abilities and learn how to translate complex information into organized, readable manuals for those who are not in the technology field.

Technical writers can be found in any industry that requires the use of technology—which is basically everywhere! They perform an important role in a society that is becoming increasingly dependent on technology which is constantly being transformed for use in marketing, communication, and operations.

While this career field is not expected to grow as fast as some other computer science careers, technical writing is a great path for individuals who are able to understand complex information and want to use their marketing and communication skills to help other professionals understand as well.

THE CAREER PATH

Technical writers are critical teammembers in practically every industry within society, which means plenty of opportunities should open up as the field continues to grow by approximately 10%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Because there is hardly any arena that would not benefit from a technical writer, it is possible to match a career in technical writing with other interests, such as environmental sciences, education, even art.

The responsibilities of a techincal writer include:

  • Determining the needs of clients and their technology users
  • Creating paper-based and digital operating instructions
  • Working with technical staff to make products easier to use
  • Organizing and writing supportive content for projects and products
  • Selecting appropriate platforms for messaging audiences (such as manuals and videos)
  • Gathering user feedback and improving content

Not only is technical writing a diverse, thriving industry, but it is also quite the rewarding career. On average, technical writers earn $70,240 each year, with room for negotiation according to experience.

WHO IS THE IDEAL CANDIDATE?

This particular technical field requires a collection of other strengths that are somewhat unrelated to the computer sciences in order to thrive.

Technical writers must be strong communicators, to relay complex technical information to professionals from alternative backgrounds. To communicate to a variety of departments, imagination and teamwork are essential.

To be an excellent technical writer, you must first master and then break down information into clear, concise instructions, steps and diagrams. Composing instruction manuals for complex electronic products could be a regular part of work. You might also author corporate training manuals that help teach technicians and clerks how to construct, use and troubleshoot computer information and data systems. Or you could specialize in procedural manuals and user’s guides. 

Technical writing can also involve working with more than just written platforms—you may utilize mediums such as videos and graphics to disseminate information through an audience or organization.

WHAT SHOULD I LOOK FOR?

There are a variety of bachelor’s degrees that could lay the foundation for this career path, such communication, computer sciences, and writing. If you already have a bachelor's degree—particularly in engineering, science or math—you could start a successful career in technical writing by earning a master's. An advanced degree will give you the writing skills necessary for this position and build off your base of current knowledge. If you're don't have a bachelor's degree in a related field, consider earning either a bachelor's or certificate in technical writing.

A technical writing degree will require you to use both sides of your brain. You'll have to be creative and come up with ways to clearly present highly technical information. But you first need to actually understand what you're supposed to explain. Your classes will reflect this dichotomy.

Typical "right-side brain" core courses will include online writing, technical editing and professional writing. These classes may give you a broad enough base that you could write for other fields—medical, science, business—and not just computer science. "Left-side brain" courses will include statistics, calculus, programming and biology. You may be able to focus on a specific topic—software, web work, health care—if your program offers it.

Expect to see the following classes in your online technical writing degree:

  • Technical Editing
  • Digital Writing
  • Computer Programming
  • Design and Documentation
  • Media Communications

COST

An online certificate in professional technical writing offers many of the same courses without the same financial and time requirements as an online bachelor's degree and generally costs 1/3 the price of a bachelor's. Depending on your background, however, an online bachelor’s degree in technical writing, may provide more credibility on your resume.

Our rankings reveal that the average online computer science bachelor's degree costs just under $50,000. However, the most affordable programs come in at ten or even twenty thousand dollars less! When researching different options, make sure to consider programs that incorporate projects or internships to ensure that you maximize your time and money.


     Browse 24 online technical writing degree programs below.
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List of Accredited Online Degrees

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Master of Science in Technical Communication Management

The online Master of Science in Technical Communication Management degree provides practicing professionals with a unique graduate experience focused on the managerial role of the technical commun...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    30
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication

The online Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication gives students the chance to pursue careers in which technical writing and editing is a major part.  The certificate prepares studen...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    23
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication

The online Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication prepares students to be communicators with sophisticated skills in written, spoken, and visual communication.  Stud...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    12
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Master of Science in Professional & Technical Communication

The online Master of Science in Professional Technical Communication designed to meet the emerging challenges of technological and scientific innovations, social media and aesthet...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    30
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication Essentials

The online Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication Essentials prepares students with knowledge and skills in technical writing and editing, content management, documentation, and web-based...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    12
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies / Professional and Technical Writing

Through study during the Bachelor of Arts in Communication, students examine the role of communication in all areas of life including organizational communication, small group communication, inter...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Bachelor
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    120
  • Credit Type:
    Per Term

Bachelor of Science in Applied Arts & Science / Technical Communications

Rochester Institute of Technology’s Bachelor of Science in Applied Arts & Science / Technical Communications program allows students to create a customized degree with a focus on technic...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Bachelor
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    120
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Master of Arts in Technical Communication

Texas Tech University’s Master of Arts in Technical Communication program provides a broad approach to the discipline by offering classes in areas such as editing, design, rhetorical theory,...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    4
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester

Doctor of Philosophy in Technical Communication & Rhetoric

Texas Tech University’s Doctor of Philosophy in Technical Communication & Rhetoric program provides a broad approach to technical communication, offering classes in areas such as editing...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Doctorate
  • Delivery format:
    Mostly Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    6
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester

Bachelor of Science Technical Communication

Through Arizona State University's online Bachelor of Science in Technical Communication, you will learn how to produce, design and manage information, using both traditional and developing te...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Bachelor
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    120
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Undergraduate Certificate in Technical Writing

The online Undergraduate Certificate in Technical Writing focuses on aspects of contemporary technical writing practices.  Students will develop the skills and confidence to communicate compl...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    3
  • Credit Type:
    Per Course

Master of Science in Technical & Professional Communications

University of Wisconsin-Stout offers a Master of Science in Technical and Professional Communications program designed for working professionals. Courses explore such topics as user-centered desig...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    30
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Bachelor of Arts in English, Technical & Professional Writing

Are you an adult who’s been to college sometime in the past and who now wants to complete a college degree? Maybe you already have an associate degree, or maybe you’ve taken a multitude of courses an...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Bachelor
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    120
  • Credit Type:
    Semester Credit

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