Technical Communication

About the Major

Advances in technology increase the need to communicate complex technical information effectively to a variety of audiences and users. Technical communicators create a range of materials, from user manuals, training guides, and business reports to websites and online help pages. The Bachelor of Science in Technical Communication provides theory, methods, and skills needed to design, develop, and edit scientific, technical, and business materials. The program offers applied industry projects and internships and includes optional tracks such as international dimensions, usability, or health care (Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, 2019).

Skills and abilities this major develops include: reading and writing skills, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, technical skills, knowledge of graphic design and publishing software, and detail orientation.

Quick Facts

Sample Coursework

  • Technical report writing
  • Technical and scientific editing
  • Project management
  • Visual technical communication
  • Website design
  • Written communication in science and industry


Possible Careers

  • Technical writer/communicator
  • Technical editor
  • Multimedia content developer
  • Technical trainer
  • Web designer
  • Information architect
  • User experience designer/practitioner

Where could I work?

  • Avalon Group
  • Conduent
  • CSpring
  • Engaging Solutions
  • Experis
  • Xiber, LLC

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Cluster

This major belongs to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) cluster. The STEM cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing majors in the sciences, technology, engineering, informatics, and computing. The STEM cluster partners with students on their academic advising and career plans to guide them into their degree-granting schools.

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