Last Updated on January 18, 2023
Build the Business-Writing Skills That Matter Most for Environmental Professionals.
When you write, you must first collect data and ideas and put them together in a report or other document that is comprehensive and easy for your readers to understand.
This course is intended to help you develop your ability to write efficiently and with confidence. You will learn how to produce strong project deliverables and build business-writing skills that matter most for Environmental Professionals.
This course is ideal for Environmental Professionals who support the development of stakeholders reports, contracts, or communications.
To further develop your technical writing skills and support the course content, you will hear from experts, work through activities and knowledge checks, complete quizzes, and be provided with a glossary and additional resources to further support your learning.
- Create documents that are easy for your target audience to read and understand
- Apply techniques for tackling common writing tasks and common writing problems
- Gain experience working with the kinds of documents produced in the environmental field
Learn Essential Technical Writing Skills Created by Environmental Experts for Environmental Professionals
Did you know technical writing is one of the top five skills most desired by employers in the environmental sector?
The Technical Writing Essentials course is founded on extensive research on the key writing skills for success in the environmental sector. In technical writing, the ability to communicate information and messages clearly to your reader is often the difference between the failure and success of a project. Being a proficient technical writer requires a combination of skill, logic and imagination. Good writers inform, educate and document their work. The course uses practical exercises, resources, and templates to prepare you to convey a clear, concise message tailored to your audience for your next technical proposal or report.
You’ll learn how to:
- Understand your audience and use appropriate tools to write to them
- Identify different types of technical documents and their intended purpose
- Recognize and revise common mistakes in e-mails
- Use design, structure, and review strategies to produce well-written technical documents
This course is ideal for:
- Recently graduated students seeking to understand how to use technical writing in the environmental sector
- Junior to mid-level environmental professionals seeking to enhance their technical writing skills or transition into a new role
Scientific and Technical Writers and Editors
Learn about this occupation – including typical duties, education required, salary and job outlook information, job boards and more.
Technical writers, also called technical communicators, prepare instruction manuals, how-to guides, journal articles, and other supporting documents to communicate complex and technical information more easily. They also develop, gather, and disseminate technical information through an organization’s communications channels. (Occupational Outlook Handbook)
Find detailed information about the occupation, including typical duties and working conditions, in the links below:
- National Occupational Classification (NOC) – Canadian occupational descriptions
- O*NET Online – U.S. resource for occupational information
- OCCinfo by alis – Alberta-based occupational information
- A day in the life of a Writer – from the Princeton Review (U.S.)
- Sokanu – profile and featured videos
- A Guide to Careers in Science Writing – Council for the Advancement of Science Writing
- Writing vs. Editing and Technical Writing – from Scitable by Nature Education
- Working as a Medical Writer – Science Careers magazine
- Science Communication – profile from American Chemical Society
- Profiles of Science Writers – from The Open Notebook
- Bio economy career profile: Scientific Writer – interview from BioTalent Canada
- Let’s Talk Science (LTS) career profiles:
There are no standard education requirements for technical writers. Employers generally prefer to hire technical writers who have related post-secondary education or experience and can supply samples of their work. (Alberta Learning Information Centre).
U of M Academic Calendar
The Academic Calendar & Catalogue outlines program admission and course requirements. Use the left menu to navigate to a specific faculty and program. To determine which degree path suits your unique occupational goals, speak with a Career Consultant. For support with course registration and academic issues, speak with an Academic Advisor.
Exploring Other Education Options
- Academic Database – Society for Technical Communication (academic institutions mainly in the U.S. and Canada, but also some in Australia and New Zealand)
- Search Education Directories
Labour market information
Labour market information informs users of supply and demand for specific occupations and sectors. It includes such things as salary and job outlook information. These resources support informed career decision making and job search efforts.
- Explore Careers: Job Market Report (Winnipeg Region) – Gov. of Canada Job Bank
- Occupational Outlook Handbook – Job outlook for the U.S.
- Robert Half Salary Guide for Creative & Marketing Professionals – salary and hiring trends
Professional associations may organize events and provide directories, job postings, career and labour market information. Student membership opportunities may also be available: engage, learn and network!
- Society for Technical Communication Manitoba
- Canadian Science Writers & Communicators Association
- Manitoba Editors’ Association
- Professional Writers Association of Canada
- Society for Technical Communication (U.S)
- American Medical Writers Association – Canada Chapter
- National Association of Science Writers (U.S.)
- Council for the Advancement of Science Writing
Directories, Industry Associations, and Sector Councils
These resources provide industry news, labour market information and a list of potential employers. Remember, there are usually multiple industries worth exploring.
- International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers – members
- Association of Canadian Publishers – company search
- Association of American Publishers – member list
- International Publishers Association – select link on page for list by country
- BIOTE Canada member listing – Canada’s health, industrial and agricultural biotechnology sectors
- Magazines Canada – member directory
- Contact Canada directories – search companies by product development industry
Search the industry-specific job boards below to learn about skill requirements, employers, job duties and available jobs. You may also wish to search more general online job boards.