The technical editor helps ensure their organization's technical writing is accurate and understandable. Specific tasks performed by technical editors vary by company, but commonly these professionals use various text editing and annotation programs - as well as creative tools and suites - to edit technical documents; they also fact-check and collaborate with technical professionals on the technical documents being produced. Physical requirements for the work are generally limited to long hours of work on computers, both typing and reading content. Technical editors usually work full time in an office environment during regular business hours, although overtime or longer shifts may be required for time-sensitive projects.
A bachelor's degree in English, journalism, or a related field is generally the minimum educational requirement for this position, although a master's degree may be required as well. At least five years in similar positions editing technical documentation is often needed as well. Skills required for this position generally include accurate writing, excellent communication skills, and close attention to detail. Familiarity with a company’s product line or general field of work is generally needed, but it is not always required depending on the company. Legal knowledge may also be preferred to ensure copyright laws and other laws are met in production of manuals and other publications.
Technical Editor Tasks
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Proofread, revise, rewrite, and edit technical information including research reports, scientific and technical publications, and user manuals, etc.