Technical Author Vacancies Technical author jobs involve writing technical information for services and products in such a way that readers can understand the information. The information may be delivered in many formats, including instruction manuals, online help, software applications or training guides. Technical author jobs vary greatly depending on the types of products or services they are writing about, the type of project and the needs of the client, however, some of the typical duties of a technical author include: Assessing the audience and the type of document needed Attending briefing and planning meetings Working alongside managers and developers to clarify requirements and technical issues Meeting with experts on the subject matter Liaising with marketing and sales specialists Collaborating with service providers, printers and translators Researching the relevant information Analysing the information needs of a reader and gathering this information Editing written information Structuring the information in a reader-friendly manner Commissioning illustrations as necessary Cataloguing and indexing the written material Devising work schedules Managing several projects at any one time Keeping up to date with developments in the industry Marketing your services Attending training courses as necessary Working hours for technical author jobs are usually 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Extra hours may be needed to complete projects. Some technical authors work in a freelance capacity and have the option of working flexible hours. Most of the work of a technical author is completed in an office, but they will need to travel to meet with clients. Sometimes technical authors work in teams on a project and on other occasions they work alone. Salaries for technical author jobs vary according to experience. As a guide, starting salaries are usually around £20,000 for a junior technical author. Experienced technical authors have the potential to earn up to £50,000 a year. Freelance technical authors set their own rates and this is usually between £18 and £30 per hour. With extensive experience, they can charge as much as £50 per hour. The entry requirement for technical author jobs is usually a degree in a relevant subject. These may include information technology, English, communications and journalism. Science and technology degrees may also be useful. It is possible to enter into this career without a degree if you have the right skills, experience and knowledge. It is advantageous to have knowledge of a wide range of software packages. Technical author jobs also require a wide range of other skills, attributes and qualities. These include: Excellent written and verbal communications skills Extensive technical knowledge The ability to work well within a team and independently using your own initiative A good command of vocabulary and grammar A methodical and accurate approach to work An appreciation of tone and style Good editorial judgement The ability to anticipate the gaps in a reader's knowledge and structure information accordingly Strong analytical skills The ability to plan, prioritise and meet deadlines Good interpersonal skills The ability to produce visually attractive documents and instructions A good understanding of ICT and various applications of software Technical author jobs are the ideal career for anyone wanting to write who has extensive technical knowledge. The earnings potential in this career is good, especially for those who gain experience and work in a freelance capacity.
A brief history of Glasgow The River Clyde is key to the growth of Glasgow from a small 6th century settlement to the biggest city in Scotland today, and the third biggest city in the United Kingdom. From a 6th century settlement to today There is evidence of a settlement on the River Clyde since prehistoric times, but it is Saint Mungo, the patron saint of the city who is famous for founding the city in the 6th century with the construction of a small church where Glasgow cathedral now stands. Bishop Jocelyn is credited with gaining the status of burgh for the city in the 12th century from King William, thus creating a cause for celebration which led to the creation of the Glasgow Fair, an event which still takes place today. The Scottish Englighteenment period Glasgow's biggest periods of growth which contributed to its size and status today were during the Scottish Enlightenment period and the Industrial Revolution. The Scottish Enlightenment was a period in which Glasgow, in particular, was recognised for its contribution towards philosophy, literacy and invention at a European level. It took place during the era of the signing of the Act of Union between England and Scotland as the two countries joined as part of Great Britain. The famous poet Robert Burns, philosopher and economist David Hume and economic pioneer Adam Smith who wrote the Wealth of Nations, were key drivers of the changes associated with this period in Glasgow's history. The Industrial Revolution The Industrial Revolution brought about a great number of changes to the city, notably along the River Cyde which was drained to make way for shipbuilding yards. The heart of the city was transformed by a deep river and the industries and wealth which grew and prospered from it, from cotton to glass production, to textiles, paper and soap. As well as new wealth, the Industrial Revolution impacted on the migration of people from the countryside to the city, thus determining the layout and construction of the city today. From hospitals to schools to housing, Glasgow retains signs of its Industrial Revolution history in its makeup today. Present day Glasgow Named European City of Culture in 1990, Glasgow today is a hub for finance, education, culture, arts, food and one of Scotland's most famous exports - Scottish whisky. There are several distilleries in and around the city which help contribute to the economic wealth of the city and its inhabitants.