Can a Technical Writer Become a Business Analyst?

What are the other options of growth for a Technical Writer – horizontal or vertical, rather than delving further into writing like instructional designing.

For instance – Can a Technical Writer become a Business Analyst?

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2 Responses to "Can a Technical Writer Become a Business Analyst?"

  1. Ugh   February 9, 2011 at 4:55 am

    Absolutely. If you truly understand the technology and its application to a business, then you can be a business analyst.

    The hard part is going to be getting that technical interview that shows you know the details and not just how to write about it. Possibly listing some of these achievements on your resume in a sep section prior to your work experience may help.

  2. CraigC   February 9, 2011 at 4:55 am

    Yes definitely.
    A techwriter is perfectly suited to be a business analyst. The complimenting skill set:

    Ability to quickly understand systems and business logic.
    Ability to digest and document technical information making it clear and concise (this is a definite must for helping the client and developers understand the clear requirements).
    Good problem solving skills.
    Good communicator.
    Perfect attention to detail.

    The only issue may be qualifications, but qualification requirements for business analyst are now on par with those for technical writers (in the UK anyway).

    Both jobs are very valued and equal levels.

    Go for it.


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