Technical writing jobs are a fast-growing work at home jobs segment. If you have been working in a technical area and are looking for ways to use your skills to make money from home then technical communication could be just what you need.
Technical writers and communicators use their skills to make technical information easy to understand. Their clients may include software publishers, computer systems designers, and consultants in a scientific field and people who operate in the fields of architecture or engineering.
This is a job that would suit someone with a degree in English or communications or in the scientific or technical field they hope to cover.
It's also useful to have experience with web design and computer graphics as a lot of technical writing is now intended for online use.
One of the advantages of technical writing jobs is that you can work from anywhere as long as you have a laptop and an Internet connection.
And with technological increases happening rapidly it is expected that there will be more and more demand for technical communicators and writers.
Like other online writing jobs you can find opportunities for technical writers on freelance job boards. Some of the opportunities are available on Elance, Guru and Ifreelance, to give just a few examples.
The other thing to consider is whether this type of job will suit you. Technical writing jobs are ideal for those who are self-starters, enjoy solving problems, pay attention to detail and can easily grasp complex issues. If this is you then it is worth setting out your stall as a technical writer.
Once you have found the technical area you want to work in, it doesn't take long to build up some expertise. Pay for this kind of job varies considerably, from just under $37,000 at the bottom end to nearly $98,000 topic at the top end.
Technical writing could be just the job to get you back into the workforce, only this time working for yourself.
You will need good time management skills when you start working from home but if you have those it won't be long before you make a success of your new career as a technical communicator.