BA in Technical Communication
Why Major in Technical Communication?
You like writing, editing, and design
Technical communication requires careful attention to language and design, both in print and online. As a BATC major, you will learn how to sharpen communication to make it more usable and effective - and to give it the biggest possible impact on the world.
You'd like to make a good living
According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median annual salary for technical communicators was $63,280 in 2010. Similarly, Money magazine recently ranked technical communication as one of their Best Jobs in America.
You like working with technology
Technical communicators work primarily through digital media, including web sites, video, and social media. And most of the jobs in technical communication are in high-tech areas such as software development, manufacturing, government, and health care.
You like working with people and helping to make their lives better
As a technical communicator, you will work in a team of experts to help solve complex problems for people from next door to across the globe. Technical communication majors learn how to find out what people want and need and create communications that help them get where they want to go. Doing so requires good people skills and a creative, flexible mind-set.
You want skills that will help you wherever life takes you
As a BATC major, you will learn skills that transfer to nearly any job or industry where you might find opportunity knocking. Those skills include
- Helping people solve problems by explaining things to them clearly and effectively
- Communicating with people from all walks of life and from across the world
- Working in teams
- Using technology to build understanding
These are skills that employers want. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, teamwork and communication are among the top skills employers seek. The Association of American Colleges and Universities agrees, in a study that found that 89% of prospective employers value "the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing" higher than any other skill.
You want to learn from a world-class faculty
Texas Tech's program in Technical Communication & Rhetoric (TCR) has the largest faculty in the world for programs of its kind. Seventeen well-known scholars teach BATC students in classes with an low student-teacher ratio, so you'll get plenty of personal attention.
BATC course offerings
Undergraduate Advisor for Technical Communication and English
Dr. Kelli Cargile Cook
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Dr. Amy Koerber
Associate Chair for Technical Communication & Rhetoric