WRITERS/AUTHORS communicate through the written word. They develop original fiction or non-fiction prose for books, magazines, newspapers, on-line publications, radio/TV broadcasts, and numerous others in the form of essays, short stories, novels, etc. Most writers use personal computers, desktop publishing systems, and other electronic communications equipment, or prepare material directly for the Internet. Before they begin to write anything, writers first select a topic. They develop an outline and then add words to convey a story to readers. They review, revise, make corrections, or rewrite sections before submitting for publication.
Salary, Size & Growth
- $58,000 average per year ($28.00 per hour)
- A medium occupation (41,000 workers in 2010)
- Expected to grow moderately (1.5% per year)
A college degree is generally required for a position of a WRITER/AUTHOR. Although some employers look for a broad liberal arts background, most prefer to hire people with degrees in communications, journalism, or English. Courses on how to write short stores, novels, scripts, and other creative writing courses are also useful. No special licensing or certification is required for writers/authors.