Employments for writers in the motion picture industry is expected to decline slightly through 2022, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Job opportunities for television screenwriters will be better—increasing by more than 8 percent (or about as fast as the average for all careers) during this same time span. There is intense competition in the television and motion picture industries. As the movie industry grows, cable television expands, and digital technology allows for more programming, new opportunities will emerge. Television networks continue to need new material and new episodes for long-running series. Studios are always looking for new angles on action, adventure, horror, and comedy, and especially romantic comedy stories. The demand for new screenplays should increase slightly in the next decade, but the number of screenwriters is growing at a faster rate. Writers will continue to find opportunities in advertising agencies and educational and training video production houses.

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