If you want to be a technical writer, you must learn to write technical reports. They are likely to make up your many of your future technical writing duties, after all. At the very least, you’ll need to learn to put together these common types of technical reports.
- Policies and procedures for organizations. These operating documents contain rules and regulations for both the organization and its members.
- Recommendations reports. In this type of writing, you compare several options against a set of requirements as a way to find one specific action or product to recommend.
- Feasibility reports. These documents considers a project or idea in terms of their viability according to a variety of technical, social and economic factors.
- Background reports. Intended to provide background details on a technical topic, these documents are written for readers who require the technical information for specific needs.
- Business plans. Defined simply, these are proposals for starting a new business — a formal statement of the business goals and the plan for achieving them.
- Research reports. These documents present findings culled for researches, both from laboratories and from the field.
- Technical specifications. Typically created for new products, these documents present descriptive and operational information needed by those who will use it for a variety of reasons within the organization.