Technical Communication

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Program Description

Technical communication is applied workplace communication that makes technical or specialized information understandable and available to many different users. It involves using a range of technologies to craft an even broader range of print and digital information products: websites, social media sites, help files, training materials, grants and proposals, and information graphics, to name just a few. Technical communicators work in many professional roles, such as information developers, grant writers, web interface designers or usability experts. What do all of these roles have in common? They all focus on creating accessible and appealing communication that has a practical purpose and is intended for a particular audience. In the technical communication program, students learn how to write, design, produce, and manage print and digital information using traditional and developing technologies.

The BS in technical communication is the only undergraduate technical communication degree program available in the state of Arizona.

Those interested in the Technical Communication online program may visit the ASU Online website for more information.

Additional program fee: N
Second language requirement: N
Minimum math requirement: MAT 142 - College Mathematics
Career Opportunities

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that job growth in technical writing and related areas will continue to be significantly higher than average during the next 5 years. Software and electronics companies, media corporations, financial institutions, government agencies, nonprofits and other areas will see an increased demand for writers. Students in the program will prepare for careers as:

  • communications teachers (postsecondary)
  • computer user support specialists
  • copy writers
  • desktop publishers
  • editors
  • media and communication workers
  • proofreaders and copy markers
  • public relations specialists
  • reporters and correspondents
  • technical writers
  • Web developers
  • writers and authors

Example Careers: Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to the following:

Career*growth*median salary
Communications Teachers, Postsecondary15.12%$62,180
Computer User Support SpecialistsBright OutlookBright Outlook14.81%$46,420
Copy Writers$55,940
Desktop Publishers$37,040
Public Relations SpecialistsBright OutlookBright OutlookGreen OutlookGreen$54,170
Reporters and CorrespondentsGreen OutlookGreen18.18%$35,870
Technical Writers$65,500
Web Developers$62,500

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

Contact Information
School of Letters and Sciences | WANER 101 | 480-727-1526