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New section in API documentation course: The Job Market for API technical Writers

by Tom Johnson on Feb 8, 2016 •
categories: api-doc

I added a new section to my API documentation course called The Job Market for API technical Writers. In this section, I try to elaborate on why knowledge of programming is often listed as a requirement in API documentation jobs, even if you're mainly documenting a REST API.

In postings for API documentation jobs, you’ll often see requirements like this:

“Ability to read code in one or more programming languages, such as Java, C++, or Python.”

Although your core task may be to document a REST API, most likely there will be numerous client implementations in different programming languages that you will also need to document.

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The variety of programming languages creates challenges for technical writers, especially when employers want technical writers, from day one, to already be proficient in every language needed. In this new jobs section, I try to dive into this topic with more depth. You can read the new section here: The Job market for API technical writers.

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I'm a technical writer / API doc specialist based in the Seattle area. In this blog, I write about topics related to technical writing and communication — such as software documentation, API documentation, visual communication, information architecture, writing techniques, plain language, tech comm careers, and more. Check out simplifying complexity and API documentation for some deep dives into these topics. If you're a technical writer and want to keep on top of the latest trends in the field, be sure to subscribe to email updates. You can also learn more about me or contact me.