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Writers and Authors

Writers and Authors
Quick Facts : Writers and Authors*
2010 Median Pay$55,420
Entry Level EducationBachelor's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012145,900
Job Outlook6% (Slower than average)
Employment Change9,500


Writers and authors create original written material for publication, music, or productions. They come up with the content for things to be used for songs, books, magazines, etc.

What Writers and Authors Do

  • Choose subject matter that interests readers
  • Write fiction or nonfiction through scripts, novels, and biographies
  • Conduct research to get factual information and authentic detail
  • Write advertising copy for use by newspapers, magazines, broadcasts, and the Internet
  • Work with editors and clients to shape the material so it can be published

Work Environment

Writers and authors work in an office, at home, or wherever else they have access to a computer. Most writers and authors work full time. However, self-employed and freelance writers usually work part time or have variable schedules.
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Job Outlook

Employment of writers and authors is projected to grow 6 percent from 2010 to 2020 as online publications and services are grow in number and sophistication spur demand for writers and authors with Web and multimedia experience.
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Pay

In May 2010 the average salary of writers and authors was $55,420.
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Writers and Authors*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Writers and Authors

55420

Arts, Design, Sports & Media Occupations

46336.5217

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Writers and Authors*
Percent Change in Employment

Writers and Authors

6.51131

Arts, Design, Sports & Media Occupations

10.973478021530005

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Writers and Authors

A college degree is generally required for a salaried position as a writer or an author. Proficiency with computers and communications equipment also is necessary to stay in touch with sources, editors, and other writers while working on assignments. Excellent writing skills are essential.
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