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Getting started

Becoming a Technical Communicator


Technical communication includes a wide variety of roles and spans across most industries. Like editing and writing, technical communication does not belong to just one industry.


A technical communicator might work as an individual or as part of a small team. People working in this field may have many different titles. You are part of the technical communication world if your role includes creating or supporting:

  • Technical information in any format, including printed, electronic, mobile, online help

  • Information of any sort, such as procedures, work instructions, manuals, user guides, training, parts information

  • Document plans, frameworks, and single sourcing content

  • Work flows, procedures and instructions for business

  • Learning material (information design) and training content for print, electronic,
    or online use

  • Compliance based information which aligns with standards, legislation,
    and codes of practice

  • User experience, workflow analysis, design, and usability tests

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Job Opportunities

Looking for a change or just curious about what’s out there?

As an ASTC member, you can receive our Job Opportunity email. We send the details to members who receive the Job Opportunity emails. The advertised jobs are a mix of contract and permanent jobs.

Subscribe by sending an email to asking to be added to the Job opportunities emails. Not an ASTC member? Join us.

Know about a Job opportunity?

If you know about a technical writer job, let us know and we’ll advertise it.

What education do you need?

  • ASTC - great resources to get you started.

  • Friends of ASTC LinkedIn Group.

  • Follow the ASTC Facebook and LinkedIn pages.

Types of University and TAFE Courses

Most courses are studied through Distance Education (Australia, New Zealand, Canada).

  • Technical Writing. 

  • Graduate Certificate in Information Design.

  • Graduate Diploma in Information Design and Management.

  • Technical/commercial authorship.

  • Technical Writing Certificate. 

Join the ASTC for full details/overview of suitable courses.

Private Education

Most courses are studied through online methods or may be available for corporate workshops.

  • Workshops in technical writing, technical report writing and scientific writing. 

  • Training in the Information Mapping method for structured authoring and business communication.

  • International Certification by exam in Mastering Policies, Procedures and Documentation, Mastering Business Communication, and Information Mapping Foundation. 

  • Technical author basic/induction training course.

  • Short courses and diploma/certificate awards covering subject areas in writing and journalism, information technology, business and management, education and teaching, and art and design software.

Join the ASTC for full details/overview of suitable courses.

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