If there’s anything I love about the career in writing, it is that I literally have so much I can do! I can work on novels, short stories, poems, or even host my own blog and be my own boss. I can work for a magazine or other publishing company, be a technical writer, a travel writer, a news writer, an opinion writer, or even an objective writer. I have no limits, and with most of these careers I can actually do more than one at the same time. So, I’ve listed several of the job titles that I am most interested in my career field.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Authors “develop written content for advertisements, books, magazines, movie and television scripts, songs, blogs, or other types of media.” The term “Writer” is such a general term, and as you can see there are no limits on what writers can do. However, the term “Author” is a lot more specific, and Authors tend to write books, including fiction, nonfiction, children books, biographies, etc.
As said on Writing Crossing, “A freelance writer is responsible for writing articles or books on project basis or freelance basis“. The downside is, freelance writers may have to write things they are not interested in and they won’t get a steady paycheck. The upside? You get to be your own boss, you get to write, stay at home, and strengthen your disciplinary skills.
Like StateUniversity.com states, “Bloggers are freelance writers who maintain an online journal, also known as a blog. These online journals are shared by people who post entries about a variety of topics. Blogs are usually updated very frequently, and the posts are maintained in a chronological order.” Bloggers typically are experts in whatever they write about.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of writers and authors are
expected to grow only 2% (from 2014 to 2024) which is slower than the average of all occupations. For Media and Communications workers, the job outlook is 4%, while all writer occupations is 7%.
In fact, like Student Scholarships states, 5% of writers and authors are unemployed (which is above the average compared to other professional occupations) while 26% of writers are employed part-time, and roughly 62% of writers are self-employed.
A degree in English, Journalism, or Communications is generally required to have a full-time position as a writer or an author, but no degree is required specifically for self-employment jobs. Other degrees that are helpful are Creative Writing and Marketing degrees.
Hard and Soft Skills
As said on Writing Thoughts
- Good language skills.
- Ability to generate new ideas.
- Good research skills.
- People skills.