How can the NTLSC can help me become a Technical Communicator?
Technical communication can be a lucrative career for those who enjoy both writing and technology. While jobs through 2028 are expected to grow at a rate faster than the average for all occupations, the market is competitive.
The North Texas Chapter can help you hone your background, interests, and skillset into the educational and career path that you want. We are a community of technical writers across all experience ranges and industries such as technology, healthcare, education, research & development, industrial systems, agriculture, professional services, government, and nonprofits.
What if I have limited funds?
Concerned about in-person events or costs? Most of our offerings are virtual and free, or at reduced price for students. Even if you’re not a member yet, we encourage you to try out an event or two, and get in touch with us.
Ways to level up
Build Your Portfolio
NTLSC provides many opportunities for you to build up your portfolio:
- Write for our Newsletter that is sent out to 50+ local professionals and hiring managers.
- Volunteer with the chapter in a short-term or long-term role.
- Do an Internship Track
Connect with Professionals
Breaking into the technical communication field can also be fun! NTLSC provides many ways to get to know technical communication professionals in the DFW metroplex.
- Attend one of our monthly, virtual events.
- Get a mentor in our mentorship cohorts.
- Join our social media pages on LinkedIn, Instagram.
How do I get the training to become a Technical Communicator?
A career in technical communication generally requires a bachelor’s degree at minimum. However, employers also require specialized training, whether through an educational institution or experience on the job. Applicants must have a portfolio showing their work in the field.
If you don’t have a degree, seeking a bachelor’s in technical communication may be your best path into the field. However, many practitioners start in other occupations and transition into technical communication. For those with a bachelor’s degree but no specialized training, some avenues into the field are available in the DFW area.
Review your University’s Communication, Rhetoric, and English departments. Technical Communication courses are often taught by these departments, even if there is no technical writing course.
North Texas Universities that offer Tech Comm Courses
Technical Communication Programs in Texas
There are some technical communication courses in Texas. NTLSC and STC do not endorse or sponsor any of these programs; this resource should be a starting point in your research for technical communication programs in Texas and abroad.
Review this article by Tom Johnson: Should you get a degree in a tech comm program?
Texas Undergraduate Tech Comm Programs
Texas Graduate Tech Comm Programs
STC Educational Offerings
Free Online Resources
The Texas Tech University offers an undergrad certificate in UX Design:
- Certificate in User Experience Design
The University of Texas at Dallas offers
- Certificate in Applied Experience Design and Research
The University of North Texas offers two online graduate certificates:
- Certificate in Proposal Writing
- Two Paths for a Certificate in Technical Writing
The Texas Tech University offers two relevant graduate certificates:
- Graduate Certificate in Grants and Proposals
- Graduate Certificate in Teaching Technical Communication