BOOK AND THEATER CRITICS write reviews of artistic or literary works for magazines or newspapers. After reading books or attending stage, screen, musical performances, or art exhibits, critics form opinions of them based on their own experience, knowledge, and judgment. They discuss content, production, performers, and current public tastes. Many critics prepare material directly for the Internet. They may write for electronic newspapers or magazines and write reviews only available online.
Salary, Size & Growth
- $57,500 average per year ($27.75 per hour)
- A medium occupation (41,000 workers in 2010)
- Expected to grow moderately (1.5% per year)
Prospective BOOK AND THEATER CRITICS should read a wide selection of old and new novels and plays. They should become familiar with historical and current artistic efforts and achievements, attend stage plays, movies, and art exhibits of all kinds, and work at improving their writing skills. Although some employers look for a broad liberal arts background, most prefer to hire people with degrees in communications, journalism, or English. Large city newspapers and TV stations may also prefer candidates with knowledge of a specific subject, such as literature or theater. No special licensing or certification is required for book and theater critics.