Why Tech Comm? | Technical Communication

Why Tech Comm?

Technical communicators are in high demand because they make technical topics understandable and use technology to make information usable.

  • U.S. News & World Report recently ranked technical writer as #1 in Best Creative & Media Jobs
  • Employment of technical writers is expected to grow 11% between 2016 and 2026, which is nearly twice the 6% increase expected for all media and communication workers (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • For 2018, the median wage of technical writers was $71,850 per year, compared to $57,530 for all media and communication workers (Bureau of Labor Statistics).
  • The lowest 10% of tech writers in the DFW Metroplex were paid $47,988 per year or $21.50 per hour in 2017.

In addition, Texas employs more technical communicators than any other state except California and was 1st among the fastest growing states for tech writers in 2017. The DFW metroplex was 3rd fastest growing among metropolitan areas in the United States.

A technical communication degree can prepare you for a position as

  • a technical writer who specializes in writing proposals for potential business customers or instructions for software developers
  • a content developer who researches and creates information used in marketing high-tech products
  • a user experience professional who conducts user research on web-based applications

Watch a brief video where professionals talk about their careers. Read about one engineer's journey into tech comm.

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Why Tech Comm at UNT?

The Department of Technical Communication emphasizes evidence-based approaches to preparing students with the technical communication skills required in modern workplaces: writing, designing, and coding.

We offer graduate and undergraduate degrees and certificates. Courses are taught by an internationally recognized faculty whose research and experience are at the forefront of the field. Our students have leadership opportunities through teaching assistant positions, lab tutor positions in our TECM Lab, and involvement in our student organization (ETC). We also facilitate connections among faculty, students, and practitioners through client-sponsored course projects, internships, regular networking events, and our industry-led Advisory Board.

Write. Design. Code. Get paid.

Please contact tcoffice@unt.edu for more information.