Political Columnists and Writers

Political columnists write opinion pieces about politics and government for publication in newspapers and magazines. Some columnists work for syndicates, which are organizations that sell articles to many media at once.

Political writers express, edit, promote, and interpret ideas and facts about politics and government in written form for newspapers, magazines, books, Web sites, and radio and television broadcasts.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Political Editorial Writers, Political Reporters
Duties Write opinion pieces about politics and government for publication in newspapers and magazines (columnists); express, edit, promote, and interpret ideas and facts about politics and government in written form for newspapers, magazines, books, Web sites, and radio and television broadcasts (writers)
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • English
  • Government
  • Journalism
Experience Prior writing or reporting experience required
Personality Traits
  • Curious
  • Organized
  • Realistic
Skills
  • Organizational
  • Research
  • Writing
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Syndicated Political Columnist
  • Staff Political Columnist
  • Editorial Assistant
  • Intern

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