Writer and Author

Career Overview

Writers create written content for books, magazines, newspapers, advertisements, songs, scripts, blogs, or an other source of information.


A four-year bachelor's degree in English, French, journalism, communications, or a related field is probably necessary to obtain this position. A higher degree (master's or doctorate) in a related field, which may take an additional two-five years to earn, would be more valuable.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$29,000 /yr
$61,000 /yr
$118,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Journalism
  • Psychology
  • Math
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Take as many college-prep courses as possible!
  • Marketing
  • Foreign Languages
Work Environment

Writers and authors generally work in offices, sometimes at home. Most work full time. However, self-employed and freelance writers usually work part-time or have variable schedules. The majority of writers are self-employed.

Future Outlook

There will likely be strong competition for these positions. Opportunities may differ based on geographical location.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada