Welcome to Professional and Technical Writing at UCCS!
The UCCS Professional and Technical Writing (PTW) Program, housed in the English Department, is intended for those who wish to pursue writing-related careers in business and industry, as well as graduate degrees in writing. The PTW Program provides students with an excellent opportunity to enhance their credentials and career marketability. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, technical writers make a median income of $65,000 per year (2012), and the job outlook is favorable: from 2012 to 2022, the market for technical writers is slated to grow by 15 percent (faster than average). In 2012, there were nearly 50,000 technical writers employed in the United States.
Technical writers work in a variety of areas: writing and editing documents such as instruction manuals, journal articles, white papers, reports, newsletters, web site copy, and many other documents that communicate complex technical information to users. Writers in this field work with designers, technical experts, and end users to ensure information is clear, concise, and as usable as possible.
Our graduates work in many areas of technical communication, at companies such as Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies, RT Logic, Cherwell, Agilent, Exelis, ISS (Intelligent Software Solutions), ENT Credit Union, CSK Group, and the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR). You also can read more of our success stories on our graduate spotlight page.
Most courses in the UCCS PTW program are taught in electronic classrooms with access to software tools for the design of written, visual, and oral presentations. We offer an array of courses – from editing to document design to technical tools – intended to prepare students for a fast-paced technical communication environment. Likewise, many of our classes incorporate a service-learning component, meaning students gain real-world experience working with real-world clients.
Please browse our program degree plan, course listings, and faculty pages for more information about this dynamic and growing department.