Hello all. I am thinking of changing my career to technical writing (amongst other possibilities). What credentials/experience to companies typically want in entry level technical writers? Currently, I have a Bachelor's and Master's in an unrelated (or very distantly-related) field: Education.
However, I can understand a variety of texts, can research and synthesize information quickly, love writing (I have a blog, have written articles for a couple newsletters and am an Examiner on examiner.com), am good at long term planning (and breaking projects/information down into smaller parts), have a knack for classifying information, work well independently (but can work cooperatively as part of a small team) and have an interest in computers/internet. So I think I still have many skills that are necessary for technical writing, but no formal training or technical writing job experience (unless I dig out all the writing skills I have used in teaching).
Is it necessary for me to get formally trained? If so, do I need another degree or would non-credit coursework be good enough to get me in the door?
Any advice is much appreciated!