Katherine Haramundanis, in her book the Art of Technical Documentation, identifies five major work environments, which dictate how tech writers manage their documents.
As the Occupational Outlook Handbook explains, some tech writers have their own offices, while others work in "noisy rooms filled with the sound of keyboards and computer printers, as well as the voices of other writers tracking down information over the phone" (233).
While the nature of the job depends largely on communicating with other teams, some companies do allow writers to work from home (U.S. Department of Labor). Technological advances in conferencing and data sharing allow workers to participate in meetings from remote locations.
Gathering information goes beyond online research, phone calls, and e-mail messages. This forces some tech writers to travel to a different city or even abroad (Bureau of Labor Statistic 233). In an effort to better understand the information, a tech writer may visit a manufacturing facility to gain first-hand knowledge of a product (Bureau of Labor Statistics 233).
Often times tech writers do this while trying to meet deadlines, which means putting in long hours and working on the weekends. For some, this level of stress is a daily occurrence.
Bureau of Labor Statistics. "Technical Writers." Occupational Outlook Handbook, 17 Dec. 2009. Web. <http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos319.htm>.
Haramundanis, Katherine. The Art of Technical Documentation. 2nd ed. Boston: Digital Press, 1998. Print.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistic. Occupational Outlook Handbook. 2006-2008 ed. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Labor, 2006. Print.