Why Our Program is Right for You

Our Professional Writing Program at UWM has developed a strong, positive reputation---locally, regionally, and nationally---for preparing students comprehensively for either academic or inudstry careers.

University Positions

Academic jobs in professional and technical communication have enjoyed a consistently strong presence on the Modern Language Association Job Information List despite the downturn in humanities academic jobs more broadly. In the 2011-2012 job cycle, nearly 40% of the jobs advertised on the MLA JIL were for positions in technical/professional writing and/or rhetorical studies. Furthermore, UWM's Professional and Technical Writing Program has a 100% placement rate in academic jobs among our PhD program graduates.


Name: Tatiana Batova
Degree: PhD 2013
Employment: Arizona State University
Position: Assistant Professor

"The professional and technical writing program created exciting opportunities for an academic career. Not only did I develop as a researcher thanks to the exceptional mentors who guided and challenged me throughout the program, I gained experience in curriculum and class design."



Industry Positions

Even in a tough economy the demand for professionals with good writing and communication skills grows daily. The Society for Technical Communication (STC), the largest such professional association with over 22,000 members, reports that:

Technical communication is now one of the fastest growing professions, with a variety of career options. Technical communicators are writers, editors, artists, managers, educators, and video specialists employed in every industry, from automobiles to computers to finance. (Source: http://www.stc.org)

According to College Board, "government economists, jobs for technical writers should grow faster than the average for all careers through 2018. Scientific discoveries, progress in technology and electronics, and changes in the law all create a need for people who can explain new ideas and procedures to a general audience." College Board also quotes recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in "estimating that technical writers earned an average yearly salary of $65,610 in 2009."

Benefits for Students

  • High quality, hands-on learning experience with an equal balance of theory and project work.
  • Enthusiastic, caring, and hard-working faculty who are internationally recognized leaders in the field with broad workplace and academic experience, outstanding teaching and publishing credentials.
  • Opportunities for financial support, including teaching assistantships, project assistantships, and fellowships.
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