Sample 1 - State of California

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Technical Writers
(SOC Code : 27-3042)
in California

Write technical materials, such as equipment manuals, appendices, or operating and maintenance instructions. May assist in layout work.

Employers are usually looking for candidates with a Bachelor's degree .

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Occupational Wages[Top]
AreaYearPeriodHourly MeanHourly by Percentile
25thMedian75th
California 20141st Qtr$40.88$30.91$39.25$50.33

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Occupational Projections of Employment (also called "Outlook" or "Demand")[Top]
 AreaEstimated Year-Projected YearEmploymentEmployment ChangeAnnual Avg Openings
EstimatedProjectedNumberPercent
California 2010 - 20206,4007,7001,30020.3250

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Industries Employing This Occupation (click on Industry Title to View Employers List)[Top]
Industry Title
Number of Employers in State of California
Percent of Total
Employment for Occupation in State of California
Computer Systems Design and Rel Services10,04623.6%
Management & Technical Consulting Svc 30,0548.6%
Electronic Instrument Manufacturing 1,0945.7%
Architectural and Engineering Services 22,8765.4%
Computers and Peripheral Equipment 4764.8%
Newspaper, Book, & Directory Publishers 5,2794.7%
Software Publishers 2634.6%
Employment Services 6,7264.4%
Pharmaceutical & Medicine Manufacturing 3723.8%
Scientific Research and Development Svc 6,1702.6%
Aerospace Product & Parts Manufacturing 2952.5%
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 4562.5%
Semiconductor and Electronic Components 1,7262.3%
Management of Companies and Enterprises 9621.4%
Insurance Carriers 5,4701.3%
Medical Equipment and Supplies Mfg 3,1361.1%

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Training Programs (click on title for more information)[Top]
Program Title
Business/Corporate Communications
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing.
Technical and Scientific Communication

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Top Tasks (Specific duties and responsibilities of this job.)
Organize material and complete writing assignment according to set standards regarding order, clarity, conciseness, style, and terminology.
Maintain records and files of work and revisions.
Edit, standardize, or make changes to material prepared by other writers or establishment personnel.
Select photographs, drawings, sketches, diagrams, and charts to illustrate material.
Interview production and engineering personnel and read journals and other material to become familiar with product technologies and production methods.
Develop or maintain online help documentation.
Assist in laying out material for publication.
Study drawings, specifications, mockups, and product samples to integrate and delineate technology, operating procedure, and production sequence and detail.
Arrange for typing, duplication, and distribution of material.
Observe production, developmental, and experimental activities to determine operating procedure and detail.

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Top Skills used in this Job
Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Time Management - Managing one`s own time and the time of others.
Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others` actions.
Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Top Abilities (Attributes of the person that influence performance in this job.)
Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

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Top Work Values (Aspects of this job that create satisfaction.)
Working Conditions - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions.
Independence - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.

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Top Interests (The types of activities someone in this job would like.)
Artistic - Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

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Alternate Titles
Assembly Instructions Writers; Documentation Writers; Handbook Writers; Manual Writers; Scientific Writers; Specifications Writers; Technical Communicators
 
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