Our Professional Writing Program at UWM has developed a strong, positive reputation—locally, regionally, and nationally—for preparing students comprehensively for either academic or industry careers. Some of the benefits for students include:
- 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.
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. In the 2011-2012 job cycle, nearly 40 percent of the jobs advertised on the MLA JIL were for positions in professional and technical writing and/or rhetorical studies. Furthermore, UWM’s Professional and Technical Writing Program has a 100 percent placement rate in academic jobs among our PhD program graduates.
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 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.
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 $65,500 in 2012.”