Student who complete the PWTC program develop skills and knowledge relevant to a wide range of careers, such as
These are just a few examples. Other students have gone on to pursue careers in publishing, education, and marketing.
In addition to developing knowledge and skills that prepare them for careers as professional or technical writers, PWTC students enjoy access to the following forms of career development and support:
Portfolios — Help in developing writing samples suitable for use in job applications and interviews. In English 391C, students compile their best work as part of an online web portfolio.
Guest presentations — Opportunities to hear from practicing professionals as part of English 382's Visiting Speakers Series. Students have the chance to talk with PWTC alumni who have pursued a variety of career paths and who are at different stages in their careers.
Professional network — Access to a national professional network with a particularly strong presence in New England.
Technical Writing Job Databases
Dice | Highly recommended. Dice calls itself "The Career Hub for Tech Insiders" and allows searches by keyword, location, etc.
computerjobs.com | Highly recommended. Search by job title, region and/or salary.
MonsterTRAK | Specializes in entry-level jobs and internships.
technicalwriterjobs.com | Sign up to receive job notices via email.
TECHWR-L | An online service for technical communicators and students in related fields. Users may access a job search engine, post resumes and subscribe to a daily summary of new jobs posted.
CareerBuilder.com | Offers an "IT" section that includes positions in technical writing.
Society for Technical Communication | Allows searches by state, salary, or type. Membership is required for searches.
UXPA Boston | Nonprofit organization that provides a forum for usability practitioners to share techniques and experiences.
Writer/Editor/Copyeditor Job Databases
Bookjobs.com | Publishing industry jobs
Sunoasis | Find jobs for writers, editors and copyeditors
The Write Jobs | Jobs for journalists, editors and writers
mediabistro.com | Media jobs
User Experience (UX), Content Strategy, and Information Architecture
Clear Point Consultants | A leading resource for communication professionals who help companies communicate clearly, efficiently and effectively with their customers. Clear Point has placed several PWTC program graduates.
UXPA Boston | UX jobs in the Boston area.
Indeed.com | Allows searches of job sites, newspapers, associations and company career pages.
Juju Job-Search-Engine | Searches the top 250 American, 60 British and 110 English and French Canadian and job boards in parallel and in real time.
Boston-area Job Databases
Boston.com | Features jobs, events and information from the Boston Globe
Craigslist Boston (Writing/Editing) | Lists writing and editing jobs in Boston
Craigslist Boston (Information Design) | Lists information design jobs in Boston
Positions with Philanthropic Organizations
Council on Foundations | Features a Career Center with job listings, as well as other career development opportunities.
UMass Job Resources
UMass Career Services | Search for jobs and internships. Keep track of on-campus job fairs.
Glassdoor | Compare salaries by job and/or region.
Homefair.com | Use this salary calculator to gauge salary relative to cost of living in various cities and regions.
US Dept of Labor | Career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations.
The images on this page come from projects created by PWTC students in English 381 as part of a book sprint. Emily Mias (green cover), Diego Alves (blue and white cover), and Melissa Mahoney (red cover).