What About Jobs, Employment Prospects, Internships?
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook Handbook 2012:
Employment of technical writers is expected to grow 17 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Employment growth will be driven by the continuing expansion of scientific and technical products and by growth in Web-based product support. Growth and change in the high-technology and electronics industries will result in a greater need for those who can write instruction manuals and communicate information clearly to users.
Legal, scientific, and technological developments and discoveries generate demand for people to interpret technical information for a more general audience. Rapid growth and change in the high-technology and electronics industries result in a greater need for people to write users' guides, instruction manuals, and training materials. This work requires people who not only are technically skilled as writers, but also are familiar with a subject area.
Locally, the Texas Workforce Commission has good new for technical writers. Go to http://www.tracer2.com/publication.asp?PUBLICATIONID=830, download the spread sheet, and search on technical writer.
Be aware that students in ACC's Business & Technical Communications program routinely get employment—often as they are taking our courses. One student enrolled in the FrameMaker course (ETWR 2472) cited FrameMaker on her Monster.com resume; she had handsome job offers before the semester was over.
See this list of employment links.
Internships and Volunteering
You can get academic or continuing-education credit for internships. However, the Business and Technical Communication Program cannot find you an internship. See internship and volunteering resources for possibilities. When you find an internship, contact the BTCM department chair to work out the details.