Career Details

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
Future Outlook

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

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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.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

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