Reasons to Study Professional Writing and Communication
In today's uncertain economy, it is more important than ever to be multi-skilled and flexible in your professional areas. Our Certificate program combines an innovative curriculum with practical skills in writing, research, communication, and technologies that will enable you to work in a broad range of contexts.
Online courses offer flexibility
Increased demand for writing and communication skills
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)
While the economic downturn has affected nearly every field, the professional writing field has continued to grow, and is expected to remain on the trajectory for decades to come. Recent studies have shown that while many professions are suffering, the field of professional writing continues to grow. 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." http://www.collegeboard.com/csearch/majors_careers/profiles/careers/105433.html.
Rewarding Work and Personal Growth Opportunities
By learning new skills and in developing new areas of expertise, professional communicators increase their ability to change careers, move into management positions, and start their own freelance writing and consulting businesses.
Companies Often Pay for Your Tuition
Variety in job opportunities
Working in any one of these areas can open up growth opportunities in related areas, so that technical writers often become programmers, managers, trainers, business analysts, sales representatives, free-lance writers, or technical consultants.
Graduate Certificate in Professional Writing and Communication
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