Technical writing is about communicating key information to the people who need it in the most suitable way and format. That might be printed material, but it could also be a graphic or a video.

That information might be a tutorial for a software application, a guide to using heavy machinery safely, a diagnostic aide for medical practitioners or a guidance note about new legislation.

If you work in a technical or specialist field of any kind you may be a technical writer already.

According to the Society for Technical Communications, technical communication has one or more of the following characteristics:1

1. Communicating about technical or specialised topics, such as computer applications, medical procedures ...

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