Technical Communication
at the University of Kansas


Send a note to Chris McKitterick, KU's technical-writing liaison and instructor for all courses offered, if you are interested in learning more about technical writing or editing, or if you represent an organization interested in working with well-trained interns.

These courses are designed for:

  • Students expecting to write technical documents in their careers, especially those headed into the fields of science, engineering, technology, and business. If you are earning a degree in these fields, a solid TC background can really enhance your resume, because many scientists, engineers, and businesspeople have little experience with writing technical documents.
  • Students interested in a TC career. Full-time technical communicators work in the exciting worlds of science, research, business, and industry, alongside experts in their fields. Experienced technical writers with a strong portfolio of sample writing are always in high demand, and they can earn as much as many engineers and scientists. So if you're interested in science, high-tech, and engineering breakthroughs but aren't interested in becoming a scientist or engineer, TC might be for you! Check out the STC's site to learn more about this fulfilling career, and take a look at the WinWriters' survey page to learn about what technical communicators earn and think about their jobs.
  • Area professionals who need to increase their technical-communication skills, increase their value to their organizations, or seek a means to move either vertically or laterally in their workplaces. Most businesses require employees to continually enhance their value to the company through personal and career development. This includes learning new skills so employees become more versatile. According to the University of Maryland - Baltimore County, "Businesses complain that many of their employees, though college graduates, cannot communicate effectively in writing. They are willing to pay for this skill, so if you can write, you're ahead of the field. People who can write are simply more effective at what they do than those who can't."

Technical writing is a core business skill in high demand, yet few tech writers become famous. They work hard, constantly need to learn new things, and collaborate with all kinds of smart and difficult people. But they can also earn a very good living and work at the forefront of technological and scientific change. If this sounds exciting rather than harrowing, check out KU's technical-writing program! It could lay the foundation for wonderful things.

Chris McKitterick's email address: cmckit@ku.edu

Last updated 8/15/2013.