Carnegie Mellon University

Careers and Placement 

The evolution of technology and digital culture continues to create a growing need for versatile professional writers who can adapt to the challenges of the emerging communication environment. The MAPW program's flexible curriculum prepares you to meet these challenges and launch your career with confidence.

The MAPW program has a five year average placement rate of 99%.

Alumni Spotlight

John Zoppina ('19)
Senior Technical Writer, Aurora Innovation

"The Professional Writing program helped me to grow a technical vocabulary and analytical lens that describes both what I write and how I write it — skills that have lended my work both intentionality and empathy. And the coursework is designed to put theory into practice: it all at once links academic lessons with real-world challenges where good communication is key to better outcomes."


Recent Jobs (2013-2023)

  • Journals Marketing Assistant, University of Illinois Press
  • Content Marketing Specialist, Development Dimensions International
  • Technical Writer, Salesforce
  • Technical Writer, The Trade Desk 
  • Communications Specialist, Cisco Systems
  • Communications Specialist, American Chemical Society
  • Content Designer, Autodesk
  • Creative Writer, Carnegie
  • Marketing Manager, Zogo
  • Technical Product Writer, GRIN
  • Technical & Creative Copywriter, TeeTurtle
  • Copywriter, Nexus Marketing
  • Medical Writer, Allegheny Health Network 
  • Technical Writer, Uber
  • Technical Writer, Google
  • Technical Writer/Editor, Ball Aerospace 
  • Content Writer & Researcher, Mondato
  • Environmental Science Communicator, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Technical Writer, ServiceNow 
  • Ebook Production Assistant, W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.
  • Technical Writer, LinkedIn
  • Technical Publications Specialist, ProActive Technologies, Inc.
  • Consultant/Instructional Design, TiER1 Performance
  • Writer (Office of Communications), New York University 
  • Marketing Associate, NBS Scientific USA
  • Legal Writer (Immigration Law), May Law Group
  • Content/Technical Writer, Fitbit
  • Technical Writer, Salesforce
  • Technical/Proposal Writer, Advanced Software Systems, Inc. (ASSYST) 
  • Technical Writer, Ferguson Enterprises
  • Copywriter and Social Media Specialist, Beyond Spots & Dots
  • Technical Writer, Thermo Fisher Scientific 
  • Communications Specialist, Johns Hopkins University 
  • Communications Assistant, Genetics Society of America
  • Digital Product Manager, PNC
  • Senior Communications Specialist, PNC
  • Product Content Strategist, Sentric, Inc. 
  • Technical Writer, Aurora Tech
  • Technical Writer & Project Support Specialist, J.P. Systems, Inc
  • Communications Specialist, Covestro
  • Technical Publications Professional, Bechtel Plant Machinery, Inc.
  • Technical Writer, High Fidelity, Inc.
  • Senior Technical Writer, Salesforce
  • Marketing Coordinator and Sanction Screening and Reporting Analyst, Strategic Management Services, LLC 
  • Marketing Content Specialist, Clearview Federal Credit Union
  • Head of Brand Marketing, Jumprope 
  • Lecturer and English Language Specialist, University of Maryland
  • Senior Strategy Analyst, UPMC
  • Project Manager, PowerTrain
  • Legal Writing Specialist, Hudson Legal
  • Communications Marketing Specialist, Allegheny Health Network 
  • Technical Writer, Oracle 
  • Senior Technical Writer, Autodesk
  • Portfolio Manager and Analyst, Corry Capital Advisors
  • Technical Writer and Professional Communicator, Epic Systems
  • Associate News Editor, Captivate 
  • Investment Analyst,
  • Writer/Editor & Project Manager, Association of Community Cancer Centers
  • Customer Success Manager, dapulse 
  • Marketing and Public Relations Director, Ashtabula Arts Center
  • Internal Communications Senior Specialist, Aon
  • Corporate Communications Specialist, Industrial Scientific
  • Senior Regulatory Labeling Specialist, PRA Health Sciences
  • SEO Stategist, Fathom
  • Visual Designer, Cloudberry Creative
  • Marketing Copywriter, Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health
  • Poetry Editor, LIght: A Journal of Photography and Poetry
  • Information Architect, Ally Bank
  • Technical Publication Professional, Bechtel Plant Machinery, Inc.
  • UX Writer and Content Strategist, Red Hat
  • UX Writer, Spotify
  • Senior HR M&A Communications Specialist, Intel
  • Law Clerk, JONES DAY 
  • Communications Coordinator, Catholic Charities Eastern Washington 
  • Senior Technical Writer, LinkedIn
  • Multiplatform Editor, The Washington Post
  • Coordinator (Global Marketing & Communications),  Deluxe Entertainment Services Group 
  • Writer and Content Strategist, Direct Energy Business