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.

Engaged Learning Experiences

Regardless of your major or future career, engaged learning is vital to your present and future. It makes you more marketable for jobs and professional schools upon graduation, it enables you to build deeper connections with faculty and staff in your field of study, and it makes your learning personal by connecting your interests and values with the curriculum from your classes.  Check out the three ideas below for places to get started, or learn more at IUPUI’s Institute for Engaged Learning website.

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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