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Education Writer: Job Description & Career Info

Education writers prepare books, lesson plans and guides using their knowledge of education styles and methods as well as imaginative tactics to help enhance the learning process. Learn about the training, skills, salary and employment outlook to see if you care to pursue this profession.

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Career Definition for an Education Writer

An education writer enjoys a career developing lesson plans, producing articles and textbooks for students of all ages, and preparing materials for online informational sites, including e-books and pamphlets. The education writer must be able to determine the information appropriate to the learners' knowledge base and convey that information in easy-to-understand language.

Education Typically requires advanced degree; varies depending on subject matter
Job Duties Creates books, articles, lesson plans, textbooks, e-books, pamphlets and other educational materials
Median Salary (2015)* $60,250 (for writers and authors)
Job Growth (2014-2024)* 2% (for writers and authors)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Required Education

Becoming an education writer typically requires an advanced degree in the specific area of expertise, such as mathematics, literature or technology, and the ability to convey information with clarity and conciseness. The required education varies according to the subject covered. To succeed in authoring college textbooks, an education writer generally must have completed a doctorate in relevant disciplines.

Skills Required

The ability to communicate complicated information in an accurate, precise and interesting manner is critical for a career in education writing. Considering that much of the writing is done individually, education writers must be self-starters, should enjoy research, and must have enthusiasm for the subject matter.

Career and Economic Outlook

Many education writing jobs are done on a freelance basis, although some textbook publishing companies contract for a specific topic in a textbook or place writers on salary. Advances in electronic communication allow the education writer to live and work in any part of the world. Employment growth in the number of general writing positions is expected to be slower than the average for all occupations, with 2% employment growth predicted from 2014-2024 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). As of May 2015, the median yearly wage of writers was $60,250 (www.bls.gov).

Alternate Career Options

Similar career options within this field include:

Editor

At least a bachelor's degree is normally required for editors who review and revise written content for publication. According to BLS, job growth for editors is expected to decline by 5% between 2014 and 2024 due to the pressure felt by the print media from online publications. Editors earned an annual median salary of $56,010 in 2015, according to the BLS.

Technical Writer

Having at least a bachelor's degree, these writers develop technical information for customers and write instruction manuals and support documents that communicate complicated information. Experience with select technical subjects is sometimes required. The BLS predicted that from 2014 to 2024, employment of technical writers would grow by 10%, which was faster than the average for all occupations. According to the BLS, technical writers earned an annual median wage of $70,240 in May 2015.

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