Jobs that Involve Reading & Writing

Reading and writing are two important skills that are used in a range of professional fields. Read this article to find out about some careers you could pursue that specialize in reading and writing, including their required education and salary information.

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Career Options that Involve Reading and Writing

Reading and writing are both skills that are transferable to a wide range of fields. If you are interested in finding a job that involves a lot of reading and writing, you may be happy to find out there are many career options in areas ranging from education to law. Read this article for more information about some of these jobs.

Job Title Median Pay (2016)* Job Growth (2014-2024)*
Reading and Writing Teacher $55,490 (all kindergarten and elementary school teachers) 6% (all kindergarten and elementary school teachers)
Writer $61,240 (all writers and authors) 2% (all writers and authors)
Lawyer $118,160 6%
Editor $57,210 -5%
Professor $75,430 (all postsecondary teachers) 13% (all postsecondary teachers)
Adult Literacy & GED Instructor $50,650 7%

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Career Information for Jobs that Involve Reading and Writing

Reading and Writing Teacher

A reading and writing teacher may work at the elementary school level. They prepare and teach lessons about reading and writing, evaluate students, work with students individually or in larger groups, and supervise students outside of the classroom. These teachers must have a bachelor's degree and teaching certification. This job involves reading and writing both in the subject matter that they instruct and in job duties, such as preparing and teaching lessons and grading student work.


A writer can work in many different capacities and fields. A professional writer can write for magazines, advertising and marketing firms, film and TV, or websites and blogs. Depending on the position, a writer may work in an office environment, or they can work from home as a freelance or self-employed writer. Writers typically have a bachelor's degree or higher in a relevant field, such as writing, English, journalism or communications. This career involves writing skills directly, and reading skills are needed to understand assignments and edit work.


Lawyers may represent clients in court or privately, or they may advise clients on legal matters. They can work in a firm or for a company, and clients may range from individuals to corporations. In their job, lawyers typically conduct research, present information verbally and in writing, and prepare and file legal documents. To become a lawyer, you must complete law school (most states require an ABA-accredited law school), and pass the bar exam. While there are many different types of lawyers and specialties, almost all lawyers have to read and write in a variety of capacities.


An editor reads, reviews, edits, and plans pieces of writing for publication. Editors can work for websites, newspapers, magazines, blogs, publishing houses, or marketing agencies. Editors typically have a bachelor's degree in a relevant field, like journalism or communications, and experience that demonstrates their editing and writing skills. Editors read content intended for publication and rewrite it focusing on correct grammar and clarity.


A professor works at an institution like a college or university and typically specializes in one academic area. They teach and may conduct research or write books or articles in their area of expertise. A professor typically has a Ph.D. in their field, although a master's degree may be sufficient to work at a community college. Professors write their lessons or lesson material, read written assignments from students, must be well-versed in written material in their field, and also may write their own articles or books on their topic.

Adult Literacy and GED Instructor

Adult literacy and GED instructors teach adults coming back to school in topics such as writing, reading, and speaking English as a second language. These teachers typically work at community colleges or for community organizations, and they need a bachelor's degree and possibly teaching experience. They must have strong writing and reading skills in order to teach the material. These instructors may write lesson plans, assign and grade writing and reading assignments, read aloud and write during class, and write evaluations of students.

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