- A firm academic background in law, criminal justice, accounting, the sciences, medicine, or philosophy would be an advisable base. Training in court reporting, policing, or private investigation is even better.
- Natural inquisitiveness, plus the ability to be methodical, analytical, and persuasive.
- Basic communications-related training post university study. Take courses in English and writing or consider doing a graduate degree or certificate programme in technical communication.
- Seamless written fluency in a second (and possibly third) language wouldn’t hurt if working internationally or within officially multilingual bodies (i.e. Canada, Belgium, the United Nations, the European Union, the Hague etc).
"Kaplan Technical Writing: A Comprehensive Resource for Technical Writers At All Levels"; Martinez, Diane; Peterson, Tanya; Wells, Carrie; Hannigan, Carrie; Stevenson, Carolyn. pp 498 - 501. Kaplan Inc., 2011, 2008.