Program ResourcesPage address: http://english.mnsu.edu/techcomm/tcforms.html
Faculty and students in the technical communication program at Minnesota State Mankato have been active participants in many professional organizations, including (but not limited to) the following:
- Association for Business Communication (ABC)
- Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Special Interest Group on Computer Human Interaction (SIGCHI)
Special Interest Group on Design of Communication (SIGDOC)
- Association for Talent Development (ATD), and
ATD Greater Twin Cities Chapter
- Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW)
- The Society for Technical Communication (STC),
the Twin Cities STC Chapter, and
the former MSU STC Student Chapter, which published Techniques
- User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA)
Professional and academic publications
Minnesota State Mankato's Memorial Library subscribes to a number of professional and academic publications to support research in technical communication. Students who are 100% online learners have online access to most publications; otherwise, they have access through interlibrary loan.
Not sure what a technical writer does in the workplace? What is a technical writer?
Graduates have numerous career options open to them of which technical writing and editing for the computer industry, grant writing, governmental and corporate publishing, environmental writing, as well as publication information, are but a few. Candidates will find the degree appropriate preparation for careers in independent consulting, government and business writing, and technical and scientific writing and editing.
Favorable employment prospects
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for technical communicators is expected to grow faster than most other fields in the next decade. The 2015 Occupational Outlook Handbook includes the following significant points about this career:
- Most jobs in this occupation require a college degree; some experience with a technical subject may be useful.
- Job prospects for technical writers are expected to be good, to grow 10% ( which is faster than average) from 2014 to 2024.
- Excellent communications skills, curiosity, and attention to detail are highly desired traits for technical communicators.