Technical writers work with engineers, scientists, computer specialists, and software developers to create operating instructions, how-to manuals, assembly instructions, and “frequently asked questions” pages to help technical support staff, consumers, and other users within a company or an industry.
Medical transcriptionists listen to voice recordings that physicians and other health professionals make and convert them into written reports. They interpret medical terminology when preparing patients’ medical histories, discharge summaries, and other documents. The documents they produce become part of a patient’s permanent file. Many transcriptionists are self-employed and work from home offices, receiving dictation and submitting drafts electronically.