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- Technical author
Between 2006 and 2009, 0.2% of employed doctoral graduates, or 25 doctoral graduates in total are known to have been working as technical authors six months after graduation.
Doctoral level technical authors are typically found in the ‘other occupations' doctoral occupational cluster.
Technical authors explain technical information in an easy to understand way. This involves interpreting technology or applications and then designing and writing documentation.
The information may be presented in the form of user guides for software applications, reference manuals, product inserts, instructions, training guides or online help incorporated into software and operating guides.
Technical authors also provide packages of assistance including software demos and interactive tutorials, in a range of media such as video, PowerPoint, illustrations and graphics.
Technical authors work for a range of industries including automation, avionics, chemicals, defence, finance, government, hardware, manufacturing, medical and pharmaceutical supplies, nuclear energy, quality assurance, power stations, software, telecommunications, transport and utilities.