These comments apply to the career group Writing, Translating and Public Relations Professionals, which includes Technical Writers.
Retirements will be the main source of job openings over the 2011-2020 period. The retirement rate will still be on par with the average, as, although many workers in this occupation are in general slightly older than those in other occupations, they also retire later. Moreover, nearly 30% of job openings over the projection period will arise from expansion demand, which will be distinctly lower than during the 1999-2008 period, but will nevertheless remain an essential source of labour demand. New technologies such as search engines, machine translation, and the Internet in general will be the cause of a decline in expansion demand over the 2011-2020 period. These new technologies increase workers' productivity, resulting in a decrease in demand for writing, translation and journalism professionals. In addition, media mergers have reduced the need for journalists. However, in an increasingly competitive economy, public relations professionals remain in high demand.
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Job prospects for this career are rated Fair