What You Need to Know About Academic Education in TC
For the safe and efficient use of technical products users require information. The creation of information is a specialized task and requires specially qualified personnel, e.g. the technical writer. Our studies reveal that the number of higher education graduates in technical communication is far below the demand of the labour market. About 80% working in the field are career changers who often lack formal qualification. Only some European universities offer programs in technical communication, while in most countries there are none and thus the occupational profile is not explicitly represented.
However, tekom Europe is working closely together with higher education institutions as well as industry representatives in order to increase the number of university programs and to set quality criteria for the academic education in technical communication. In the scope of an EU-funded project "TecCOMFrame" over the course of three years (2015-2018), a comprehensive information portal on academic education has been developed. It contains among other things detailed information on the profession, an academic competence framework and prototype curricula. For further information visit: tech-writer.info
In general, the following types of study programs could be followed to start a career in technical communication.
The academic degree of Bachelor is the first professional qualification that students get. The basic course is generally completed in a standard study period of between three to four years.
Master programs are built upon previously completed Bachelor programs. They are meant for technical communication graduates (consecutive) as well as for graduates of other specializations (non-consecutive). Consecutive Master programs build on the teaching content of the Bachelor program and explore it in greater detail. Non-consecutive programs make it possible to opt for training in technical communication in the future.
Specialization for Engineers
It is possible to specialize in technical communication as part of the engineering program. A double qualification is always welcome in the job market.
Specialization for Translators
Linguistics programs also provide the option of specializing in the field of technical communication. In addition to enhancing their linguistic competence, students receive the requisite basic knowledge about technical processes. This significantly improves their career prospects.
Programs in Related Disciplines
Students, whose first choice of specialization is not technical communication, can join the field of technical documentation at a later point in time through fields of study in related disciplines. Examples of thematically close fields of study are: software localization, terminology, language technology, or international technical communication.
Our university map helps you locate the different study programs.