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Technical Writer

When you consult an instruction manual to help you hook up a stereo system and the manual is so clearly written that you hook it up correctly, you can thank a technical writer. This is the person who actually writes the manual, including such electrifying reads as the “troubleshooting” section and the instructions for shipping and handling should the unit become damaged.

While making an instruction manual engaging to read is no doubt a challenge, the easy part of the job is in the physical exertion department. Namely, there isn’t any. Like many writing jobs, work in this area is often freelance and requires lots of follow-up for those wishing to be paid on a timely basis. However, the median wage for this job is over $63,000, with potential to earn over $100,000 a year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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