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The academic degree of Bachelor is the first professional qualification that students get. The basic course is generally completed in a standard study period of between three to four years.
Master programs are built upon previously completed Bachelor programs. They are meant for technical communication graduates (consecutive) as well as for graduates of other specializations (non-consecutive). Consecutive Master programs build on the teaching content of the Bachelor program and explore it in greater detail. Non-consecutive programs make it possible to opt for training in technical communication in the future.
It is possible to specialize in technical communication as part of the engineering program. A double qualification is always welcome in the job market.
Linguistics programs also provide the option of specializing in the field of technical communication. In addition to enhancing their linguistic competence, students receive the requisite basic knowledge about technical processes. This significantly improves their career prospects.
Students, whose first choice of specialization is not technical communication, can join the field of technical documentation at a later point in time through fields of study in related disciplines. Examples of thematically close fields of study are: software localization, terminology, language technology, or international technical communication.
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There are in-service postgraduate programs for employed individuals who want to train further in technical communication. They provide the option of obtaining the internationally recognized degree in a few semesters while working.
Studying technical communication is not the only way of joining this field. There are various training options. These training courses are primarily intended for employed individuals who developed an interest for technical communication only after they have started working. Oftentimes, they are graduates from programs in related disciplines.
Ideally, such lateral entrants qualify themselves through in-service training and obtain a formal certificate. In the future, a high percentage of lateral entrants will work in the industry as well to satisfy job market requirements