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.

Writers 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 151,700 salaried writers and authors employed in the United States.

Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • English
  • History
  • Journalism
  • Organizational
  • Research
  • Writing
Personality Traits
  • Creative
  • Organized
  • Realistic
Licensure/Certification None