Professional & Technical Writing Certificate

Why Professional & Technical Writing?

The Professional & Technical Writing Certificate prepares students to write effectively and communicate complex information clearly in digital environments, workplaces, and community organizations. You will learn to analyze and engage readers, design documents and web pages, use a variety of genres and media, and contribute ethically to workplaces and organizations. These skills complement your work in any major and are widely appealing to employers and graduate programs.

In fact, jobs in technical writing are growing faster than the national average, and the median annual pay for technical writers in 2016 was $69,850, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In Arizona, technical writing jobs are projected to grow by more than 20% by 2024, according to O*Net Online (sponsored by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). Whether your goal is to strengthen your writing skills, to challenge yourself to learn new media and technologies, or to make connections with businesses and communities, the Professional & Technical Writing Certificate can help you achieve that goal and signal to future employers that you have valuable writing skills.

3 Courses + 1 Portfolio = Certificate

This certificate is designed to fit with your busy schedule. You can complete the entire certificate online, or you can take face-to-face courses. You can also complete the entire certificate using just one textbook bundle (if you take ENGL 307, 308, and 313). Please note that the certificate is currently only offered to degree-seeking undergraduate students at the University of Arizona.

To learn more, continue through this brief Professional & Technical Writing Information Session. You will learn about the requirements for the certificate and steps for getting the certificate. If you are ready to get started on the certificate, there is a brief survey at the end of this Information Session where you can indicate your intent to get the certificate. If you have questions about this certificate or about registering for a Professional & Technical Writing class, contact Maribeth Slagle.

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