One of the oldest degrees in the country is the Associates of Science in Technical Writing and Communication or the AA in TWC. It’s also one of the few degrees that’s still a Associates of Science instead of a Bachelor of Arts. The program prepares students to have a career in computer-related, scientific, and technical communication. Because there are so many changes taking place in the technical field, the AAS in Technical Writing has had to be revised to include these changes and to keep up to date with the fast moving field of technical communication. Up until recently, technical writers would work only with print media and there were only a few fields like the software industry and other scientific and technical organizations where technical writers were needed. However, because of the recent information technology explosion, that situation has changed drastically.
The technical writers of today are professionals who specialize in the design, technology, and communications skills vital for entering a wide range of fields that are based on information technology. Today’s technical writers do way more than just writing print documents. The range of options available to today’s technical writers has expanded to include positions where organizing, facilitating, managing, and communicating through the use of both technical and non-technical information in a wide variety of media formats is very important. Some of the things technical writers do today include designing websites, explaining technological concepts to the general public, as well as developing print and multimedia materials for the public and for other professionals. They’re also delivering corporate training in written format and designing information management systems.
Because of the many changes that have taken place in most communication based careers, theAssociates in Technical Writing has evolved and now sends students down one of two paths; the Technical Communication path and the Scientific and Medical Communication path. No matter which of the two paths you choose, you’ll start out by taking a variety of foundational courses in online and print communication as well as courses in computer programming, math, and statistics. The two paths differ once you’ve taken your required set of prerequisites and foundation courses. Each path has its own specialized set of courses that are focused on the objectives of that particular field of technical writing. Both the technical communication path and the science and medical communication path allow students the opportunity to work with actual clients and have the chance to improve their management skills as well as their abilities to work well in a group. Mainly though, in both fields of technical writing, students focus on learning how to create specialized information strategies to solve a wide variety of technical communication problems. If all of this sounds interesting to you, you’re passionate about using the latest technological advances to improve communication, and you love computers or science, you might want to consider studying for your Bachelor of Science degree in Technical Writing and Communication. You may just find it’s the perfect field for you.