Writer Suzanne Collins at Catching Fire Movie Premiere.

Writers express, edit, promote, and interpret ideas and facts in written form for books, magazines, trade journals, newspapers, company newsletters, radio and television broadcasts, and advertisements. They develop fiction and nonfiction ideas for plays, novels, poems, and other related works; report, analyze, and interpret facts, events, and personalities; review art, music, film, drama, and other artistic presentations; and persuade the general public to choose or favor certain goods, services, and personalities. There are approximately 43,380 salaried writers and authors employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Bloggers, Columnists, Continuity Writers, Copy Writers, Critics, Editorial Writers, News Writers, Novelists, Playwrights, Poets, Screenwriters, Short Story Writers, Technical Writers
Duties Write about a variety of topics; perform research; conduct interviews
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available in all regions but are best in New York City; Los Angeles; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; and Boston.
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • English
  • History
  • Journalism
Experience Any writing experience helpful
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Creative
  • Organized
  • Organizational
  • Research
  • Writing
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Managing Editor
  • Editor
  • Writer
  • Editorial Assistant