Writers and authors develop written content for advertisements, books, magazines, movie and television scripts, songs, blogs, or other types of media.
Writers and authors work in an office, at home, or anywhere else they have access to a computer. Most work full time. However, self-employed and freelance writers usually work part time or have variable schedules. About 2 in 3 were self-employed in 2014.
A college degree in English, journalism, or communications is generally required for a full-time position as a writer or author. Experience can be gained through internships, but any form of writing that improves skill, such as blogging, is beneficial. Excellent writing skills are essential.
The median annual wage for writers and authors was $60,250 in May 2015.
Employment of writers and authors is projected to grow 2 percent from 2014 to 2024, slower than the average for all occupations. Strong competition is expected for full-time jobs because many people are attracted to this occupation.
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