Careers Involving Writing & Editing

Writers and editors are involved in the production of a wide variety of material, including news broadcasts, movies, books, television shows, advertisements and curriculum guidelines that teachers use to prepare lesson plans.

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Career Options that Involve Writing and Editing

Writers are wordsmiths who are able to put words together so that readers can understand information or be entertained. Editors make sure that written material doesn't have mistakes in it. From advertising to entertainment to education, most people are exposed to the work of writers and editors every day.

Job Title Median Salary* (2016) Growth* (2014-2024)
Copy Writer $61,240 (for all writers and authors) 2% (for all writers and authors)
Editor $57,210 -5%
Instructional Coordinators $62,460 7%
Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers $61,240 (for all writers and authors) 2% (for all writers and authors)
Producer $70,950 (for all producers and directors) 9% (for all producers and directors)
Reporters and Correspondents $37,820 -8%
Technical Writer $69,850 10%
Writers and Authors $61,240 2%

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Career Information for Options that Involve Writing and Editing

Copy Writer

When you see a commercial on television, see an ad in a magazine or hear one on the radio, that content has been written by a copy writer. Copy writers take information about products and come up with descriptions and information that will help persuade people to buy that product. They need to be skilled at working with words, and although it's possible to work in this field with an associate's degree, most copy writers have a bachelor's degree. Those that write print advertisements may also work with editors to make sure their writing doesn't have any mistakes in it before the ad is published.

Editor

It's most common for editors to have completed an undergraduate degree in English, journalism or a related subject. They need to be good writers because they may have to change text so that it makes sense; they also need to be experts in identifying errors with grammar and punctuation so that they can help writers identify mistakes and correct their work. An editor determines what material will be published, and they work to ensure the writing is error-free and well written.

Instructional Coordinators

Instructional coordinators create curriculum plans for school boards. They decide what is appropriate to teach and what materials should be used, and they review test results to make sure that the curriculum is effective. They are normally experienced teachers with a master's degree and teaching license, and their job involves assessing information, documenting their findings and writing curriculum programs.

Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers

Poets, lyricists and creative writers normally need a high school diploma or bachelor's degree, as well as skill presenting written information. They could be involved in writing songs, books, articles or other material. These wordsmiths may also work with editors to make sure that any errors in their writing are corrected before publication.

Producer

When you read or hear a news story, it may have been written by a producer. These professionals may use their skills to pull together information they've received from reporters to write a new story, or they may oversee writers who work for them. Since they are responsible for ensuring their material is professionally presented, they may need to edit the material themselves or have it reviewed by an editor before being broadcasted or published. Most producers prepare for a career in this field by completing a bachelor's degree.

Reporters and Correspondents

By majoring in subjects such as communications or journalism and completing a bachelor's degree, it's possible to prepare for a career as a reporter or correspondent. Reporters and correspondents investigate different subjects by talking to professionals or witnesses and reviewing other information about the subject. They use that information to write newspaper, magazine or website articles, or text that will be read by radio or TV broadcasters. They must be skilled writers and may also work with an editor before their work is published to make sure that everything is explained clearly and to identify and correct errors in the text.

Technical Writers

When a person reads an instruction manual, they are reading material written by a technical writer. Technical writers also write articles and other documents. They may specialize in a specific field, such as medical writing. A bachelor's degree is necessary to work in this field, and technical writers that do have an area of specialization may also have specific training or professional experience in that field.

Writers and Authors

Writers and authors use their skill with words to develop written material. This can be about a wide range of topics, and the material can be for books, websites, magazines or other print formats. It's common for writers and authors to have a degree in a subject like English or communications. Their work often involves receiving feedback from an editor and making editorial changes before publication.

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