Writers and Authors


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

-2.3% (decline)

Most Common Level of Education

Bachelor's degree


What Writers and Authors Do

Originate and prepare written material, such as scripts, stories, advertisements, and other material.

Other Job Titles Writers and Authors May Have

Advertising Associate, Advertising Copy Writer, Advertising Writer, Communications Specialist, Copy Writer, Copywriter, Freelance Copywriter, Web Content Writer

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Copywriter ,

Roadtrip Nation

I get into work and grab coffee, always. Then I check my emails and think about which projects I need to tackle that day. The stuff I do is always connected to writing or editing, but it varies wildly from day to day. One day's tasks might include copyediting social media posts, writing onscreen copy for our documentaries, planning out content for our monthly newsletter, and proofreading a press release.

Grant Writer ,

Father Joe's Villages

Our team has a year-at-a-glance calendar, so we are constantly working and looking ahead at deadlines and financial targets. As a writer, you can definitely flex your creative talents in grant writing, particularly with a strong journalism background. To write a compelling story to inspire a potential funder, you as the writer will need to inspire the reader and want them to be interested in your non-profit's mission and programs and commit to providing financial support to continue.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Discuss with the client the product, advertising themes and methods, and any changes that should be made in advertising copy.
  • Present drafts and ideas to clients.
  • Vary language and tone of messages based on product and medium.
  • Develop advertising campaigns for a wide range of clients, working with an advertising agency's creative director and art director to determine the best way to present advertising information.
  • Write articles, bulletins, sales letters, speeches, and other related informative, marketing and promotional material.

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