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What Can You Do With A MATC Degree?

Technical Writer

Technical Writers are professional writers who produce technical documentation that helps audiences understand and use various products and services. Duties of a technical writer include:

  • Preparing instructional manuals
  • Studying product samples and communicating with designers and developers of those products
  • Writing support documentation for products and services
  • Standardizing content across many platforms and media
  • Gathering usability feedback from customers, designers, and manufacturers
  • Revising and editing documents

Project Manager

Project managers organize tasks, time, resources, and people. They are invaluable and central to an organizational structure. 


Web Designer

Web Designers have the responsibility of creating the look and feel of websites on the World Wide Web. Responsibilities include:

  • Communicating ideas for promoting a client’s business or product
  • Developing a graphic design plan to discuss appropriate color schemes, images, and layout of the client’s web page.
  • Understanding  software functionality as well as of HTML in order to produce successful web pages.

Software Documentation Writer

A Software Documentation Writer creates instructional materials for software programs. When new companies produce a new software application, the technical manual that accompanies the software was written and designed by a software documentation writer. These professional writers have strong communication skills and are very comfortable serving as a liaison between the software user and the software designer.


Technical Illustrator

Technical Illustrators use drawings and diagrams to communicate the structure, principal, or mechanics of an object, concept, or machine. An illustrator creates accurate visual representations of the subject in question and communicates the purpose and function of the illustrated material to the viewer. Skills include:

  • Ability to communicate visually through graphics in technical manuals
  • Good communication skills in order to work with engineers and various technicians

Content Manager

A Content Manager has the responsibility of being the voice of an online presence. In addition to writing, editing, and proofreading site content, a content manager works closely with a technical team to maintain standards and styles in a website’s development process. Duties include:

  • Creating, developing, and managing content for an organization’s web presence
  • Maintaining a consistent look and feel throughout all web properties
  • Copyediting and proofing all web content
  • Track and report on all site metrics
  • Work cooperatively with team members, clients, and vendors

Editor

Editors plan, review, and revise content for publication. The relationship between editors and technical communicators is a collaborative one, and together they work to ensure that documents are accurate and well-developed.


Social Media Strategist

The role of a Social Media Strategist is to formulate plans and strategies to utilize social media to increase the reach of an online presence. Duties include:

  • Creating social media strategies
  • Documenting financial details and creating budget plans for the use of social media
  • Making decisions regarding social media advertising
  • Keep up with the latest developments in social media and incorporating those developments in strategic planning

User Experience Analyst

Also referred to as a usability tester, a User Experience Analyst analyzes a product or service to propose interface designs based on user needs. Responsibilities include:

  • Analyzing existing systems
  • Conducting research on usability and customer experience
  • Clarifying requirements and separating them into functional and non-functional categories
  • Presenting solutions, ideas, and recommendation that serve the requirements
  • Preparing mock-ups and interface diagrams (ex. Reference guides)
  • Continuously researching and striving to understand an audience’s needs to improve existing systems

Grant Writer

A Grant Writer writes proposals and completes grant applications in order to secure financial funding from a private or public organization. Prospective employers include government or non-profit organizations. The duties of a grant writers include:

  • Writing proposals and supporting documents in response to solicitations
  • Generating revenues for client programs and services
  • Maintaining and implements funding calendar activities
  • Identifying funding opportunities and new program areas to match a client’s priorities
  • Serving as a liaison to all funding agencies or organizations

Web Content Writer

A Web Content Writer specializes in providing relevant content for websites. This content contains key words that attract and retain users to a specific website. Duties include:

  • Writing web content for websites
  • Editing and proofreading content once written
  • Writing, editing, and proofreading copy for client projects
  • Writing product descriptions and brand support materials

Medical Writer

Medical Writers compose medical documentation on health care and medical topics. Duties include:

  • Researching medical information
  • Summarizing important data and consulting on research plans
  • Communicating with various agencies for a coordinated structure of functions
  • Reviewing medical journals, articles, books, and other healthcare related content
  • Developing well-organized medical documentation products

Information Architect

An Information Architect provides positive user experiences by planning and designing information structures for websites and web applications. An information architect will organize information and design strategies using data from usability testing to identify how users interact with a company’s communications systems. Responsibilities include:

  • Consulting with creative and technical teams
  • Working closely with cross-functional teams, including business and product development to create a great online user experience
  • Balancing business strategy, branding issues with user needs and technology
  • Understanding customer needs

Instructional Designer

An Instructional Designer designs and develops instructional material for customer training courses that support company technical products. Duties include:

  • Utilizing effective needs analysis
  • Project management
  • Course development
  • Utilizing multimedia technology and authoring tools
  • Serving as a liaison between Research and Development teams

Public Policy Writer/Editor

A Public Policy Writer/Editor develops, drafts, and obtains approval for new regulations as well as internal procedures for government agencies at the local, state, and federal levels. Policy writers and editors ensure that stakeholders are involved in the development of policy content and that policies are written in plain language.