The world is
rapidly developing and making technological breakthroughs.
With every new product and innovation, companies find it difficult
to keep their customers updated about the product's advantages
easier by writing about these products in a style which is
easily understood by the common man. They develop product
manuals, appendices and catalogs. Technical writers also have
to select the right photographs, diagrams, illustrations or
graphs for their documents. A career in this line also involves
writing on various technology-related topics such as information
technology, aerospace, robotics, telecom and electronics,
biotechnology, computers (hardware and software) etc. Most
software firms in India advertise for technical writers on
major jobsites. The pay scale for technical writing is
similar to instructional design. You can start with a salary
ranging from Rs 12,000 to 15,000 per month, depending on how
well you have done in your written test and interview.
for the Electronic Medium
is different from the print
medium. Web readers have a short attention span and generally
scan the web pages rather than read each word carefully. Also,
reading from a computer screen is much slower than reading
a newspaper. Therefore, your writing has to be simple, crisp
and to the point. The writing can be combined with graphics,
bullets, captions, hyperlinks, highlights etc to make the
page more attractive. Web writing does not encourage lengthy
content, so the word count should be limited.
you can join a dot com
or any company that requires dedicated staff to develop, manage
and update its website content.
can expect to get a
starting salary of Rs 10,000 and above,
writers assist scientists and researchers to write research
papers, articles in scientific journals, presentations,
lab reports, design reports, progress reports, theses,
dissertations, proposals instruction manuals etc. Science
writing is often specialised, as the documents require
a high degree of accuracy in the presentation of facts.
A badly written piece could misinterpret facts and spread
the wrong information. A scientific writer must ensure
that the ideas or facts are conveyed well and improve
the overall quality of a document.
precise, clear and objective. Knowledge of the subject you
are writing on is a must. You must also be a keen observer
and keep your mind open to understand subjects and acquire
knowledge. You can look through job sites or the employment
news section in newspapers for vacancies for a scientific
writer. Remuneration for scientific writers varies with expertise
Have you ever
wondered how famous personalities from different walks of
life come up with well-written memoirs and autobiographies?
All of them may not be great writers. Most of them don't really
sit and pen down their thoughts. They communicate their thoughts
to a writer who is paid to write for them. These ghost writers,
as they are called, don't get credit for authoring the book.
They may, at times, be acknowledged by the person they are
writing for or the publisher of the book for their help. Ghost
writers are hired for writing books, stories, memoirs, autobiographies,
magazines articles, reports, editorials and songs. A chance
to ghost write comes mostly with contacts. The remuneration
for ghost writers is negotiable and varies with experience
you need to know before you apply for a writing Job
jobs require a person to have a degree in English or mass
communication. In technical writing, knowledge of the
technical subject is an added advantage. Journalism requires
you to be well-read and updated about news from around the
world. Almost all the jobs mentioned above require some experience
or knowledge of computer software and desktop and electronic
publishing. The remuneration for each job is highly competitive
and once you make a mark in the field you get to demand the
best in the industry.
The recruitment process for most writing jobs includes
a written test (to test your general writing skills and specific
competencies required in the field), interview by a functional
expert (such as a content head or creative director) and an
With so many options available to writers, those who are gifted
with a flair for it should not find it difficult to take it
up as a career.