The field of Technical Communication involves the production of communications about technical topics for distribution via print and/or digital media. According to the Society for Technical Communication (http://www.stc.org), professionals in the field may work as technical writers and editors, instructional designers, information architects, and globalization / localization specialists.
The Technical Communication curriculum at Bellevue College was developed by respected industry professionals and targets in-demand skills. Instructors are working professionals who introduce real-world scenarios in the classroom. Course projects are hands-on, interactive, and directly transferable to the workplace. Classes may be taken individually, or as part of the Technical Writing Certificate Program.
Technical Writing Certificate Program
Bellevue College offers a certificate in Technical Writing. The program is designed for those who want to enter this rapidly growing field, or technical professionals who want to improve their writing skills. The certificate requires 110 hours of coursework, culminating in a Capstone project in which participants demonstrate mastery of program objectives. Given a technical / professional scenario, learners will be able to successfully produce technical communications that meet or exceed the defined performance criterion per project.
Technical Communications professionals with a range of writing and editing skills are valuable members of work teams in a variety of industries.
- As of May 2010, Washington is among the top five highest paying states for technical writers and editors, with median annual earnings of $78,850 for writers and $66,930 for editors.
Source: US Department of Labor:
- In 2011, the median salary for experienced technical writers in the greater Seattle market was over $85,000. Salaries vary based on industry, level of experience and geographic market.
- Employment of writers and editors is expected to grow 8 percent from 2008 to 2018.
Source: US Department of Labor
Why Bellevue College?
- Practical curriculum developed and taught by industry professionals to target in-demand skills.
- Flexible program: start any time and complete at your own pace (within 13 quarters), taking as few as one or two classes a week.
- Classes are small and offer personalized attention.
- Complete the program with a professional portfolio.
Request a Certificate of Completion for this program.