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Professional and Technical Writing


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Technical writers, also called technical communicators, produce instruction manuals and other supporting documents to communicate complex and technical information more easily. They also develop, gather, and disseminate technical information among customers, designers, and manufacturers. Technical writers perform the following duties:

  • Determine the needs of end users of technical documentation
  • Study product samples and talk with product designers and developers
  • Work with technical staff to make products easier to use, and thus need fewer instructions
  • Organize and write supporting documents for products
  • Select photographs, drawings, diagrams, and charts that increase users’ understanding
  • Get usability feedback from customers, designers, and manufacturers
  • Revise documents as new issues arise

The Professional and Technical Writing Certificate is a designated statewide program. The Maryland Higher Education Commission designates some community college programs as statewide programs. A student may enroll in any of these programs at the same rates as in-county residents if the program is not offered by their local community college or if the student cannot enroll due to an enrollment limit. For more information on statewide programs, please see Curricula Informationnew windownew window.

Professional and Technical Writing Certificate

Available Fully Online
Complete this degree or certificate on your schedule, from anywhere with an internet connection, by taking all your classes online. Find out more about online learning.
Learn more about program outcomes, required courses, transfer opportunities, and career information.


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Did You Know?
Increasingly, technical information is being delivered online, and technical writers are using the interactive technologies of the web to blend text, graphics, multidimensional images, sound, and video.