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States with technical writing schools

How will your technical writing education stack up?

If you want to study technical writing at home, you should be aware of how your education will compare to the education available elsewhere in the US. Below is some information to help you get started. The US has 129 brick and mortar technical writing schools.

Top Schools

The top schools in the nation in 2010 that had technical writing programs were:

  1. University of Washington-Seattle Campus - located in Seattle, Washington State
  2. Texas A & M University - located in College Station, Texas
  3. Carnegie Mellon University - located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Student Demographics

In the US, 1,478 students graduated from technical writing programs in 2010. Of these students, 211 graduated from certificate programs in technical writing, 1,011 graduated from undergraduate programs in technical writing, and 256 graduated from graduate-level programs in technical writing.

Academics

Students can pursue education in technical writing at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Technical Writing
  • Bachelor's Degree in Technical Writing
  • Master's Degree in Technical Writing
  • Doctoral Degree in Technical Writing
  • Certificate in Technical Writing

Technical writing students can hope to gain the following skills and/or knowledge as they pursue their technical writing degree:

  • Revising and Editing
  • Time Management
  • Writing Ethics
  • Self-Management
  • Writing Organization

Cost

On average in 2010, technical writing schools in the US charged $17,403 in tuition per year. The technical writing schools that charged students the highest tuition rates were:

  1. Carnegie Mellon University - located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, students paid $40,920
  2. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - located in Troy, New York, students paid $39,165
  3. Stevens Institute of Technology - located in Hoboken, New Jersey, students paid $38,180

The technical writing schools that charged students the lowest tuition rates were:

  1. East Carolina University - located in Greenville, North Carolina, students paid $4,477
  2. University of Central Florida - located in Orlando, Florida, students paid $4,526
  3. Boise State University - located in Boise, Idaho, students paid $4,864

How will your technical writing job compare?

The highest percentage of technical writing graduates pursue careers as technical writers. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that in 2010, 43,990 technical writers were working in the US. The states with the largest populations of technical writers are:

  1. California - 5,820 Technical Writers
  2. Texas - 3,340 Technical Writers
  3. Virginia - 2,850 Technical Writers

Projected Growth

The number of technical writers is expected to grow the fastest in the following states:

  1. Mississippi - 30%
  2. Iowa - 25%
  3. Oklahoma - 25%

Salary

On average, a technical writer earns a salary of $62,902 per year in the US. However, factors such as work conditions, your exact job description, or seniority can cause the salary for a technical writer to vary greatly. Salaries for technical writers range from less than $21,910 per year to more than $164,410 per year. On average, a technical writer earns the most in the following states:

  1. California - $82,730 per year
  2. Massachusetts - $81,270 per year
  3. Washington State - $78,850 per year

The following states have the lowest average salaries for technical writers:

  1. Hawaii - $38,960 per year
  2. North Dakota - $41,790 per year
  3. Mississippi - $42,380 per year

 
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technical writing?

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
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Technical Writers 43,990 $66,240 -4.9%