A technical writer is a professional writer who designs, writes, creates, maintains, and updates technical documentation including online help, user guides, white papers, design specifications, system manuals, and other documents. Engineers and other professionals produce technical writing, handing their work to a professional technical writer for editing and formatting.
A technical writer produces technical documentation for technical, business, and consumer audiences. Technical writing may be on any subject that requires explanation to a particular audience. On a project team, a technical writer develops the overall project documentation, as other members of the team develop other areas of the project.
A good technical writer creates documentation that is accurate, complete, unambiguous, and as concise as possible. Technical writers create documentation in many forms: printed, web-based or other electronic documentation, training materials, and industrial film scripts In some cases the writer or others test the document on audience members.
Technical writers might also gain expertise in a specific technical domain and branch out into related forms. Examples are writers who work in the fields of software quality analysis or business analysis. Once a technical writer becomes a subject matter expert in any field, he or she may decide to stay as an analyst within that field.