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What Kinds of Writing Careers Are Available?

There are many different types of professionals, who make a living by writing, including:
  • Poets
  • Non-fiction Writers
  • Fiction Writers
  • Columnists
  • Copywriters
  • Grant Writers
  • Novelists
  • Screenwriters
  • Play Writers
  • Technical Writers

How Do I Prepare for a Career as a Writer?

Many employers prefer to hire people with bachelor's degrees in communications, journalism, or English, but other backgrounds are acceptable if you demonstrate sufficient writing skills or have taken writing classes. A writing degree--especially from writing programs such as a BFA or MFA--in creative writing, non-fiction writing, poetry, fiction writing, or screenwriting may help with finding independent work in those areas. The Internet offers an interesting in-road for up-and-coming writers, as they can gain experience from blogging or other online writing that may lead to paid work and a larger audience.

Other Qualifications for Writing Careers

In addition to a writing degree, taking writing classes, and graduating from a writing program, writers should be able to express themselves clearly and enjoy the writing process. Creativity, self-discipline, motivation, and perseverance are also helpful for creative writers, especially those in fiction writing, poetry, non-fiction writing, and screenwriting. Time-management skills are beneficial for meeting deadlines and staying on schedule.

Salary Ranges and Outlook for Writing Careers

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that job opportunities for authors and writers will grow 15 percent through 2018, which is faster than average. The median annual salary of a writer was $53,030 in May 2008.