Writer /Author

Occupation Information table
Overview: Writers/authors develop and express ideas and facts in words to entertain, inform or educate others. They develop original work for a wide array of media and may specialize in fiction or nonfiction which may include educational and informative materials.
Duties: Writers/authors create ideas for topics they have selected. For these selected topics, they write stories, narratives, poetry, etc. for publication in books, magazines, journals, websites and plays.

Writers research and gather information related to their writing. They get their information by library research, interviews and by direct observation. Ideas are based on history and current events.

They may write educational material for textbooks, manuals and journals. They also write feature articles for newspapers, periodical publications and magazines.

They may also write lyrics for musical arrangements and may write the dialogue and scripts for theatre plays, movies and TV productions.

Degree(s): A.A. Liberal Arts and Sciences 
A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science) 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is projected to grow 2% to 4% from 2018 to 2028, which is slightly slower than the average projected growth for all occupations.
Starting Salary: Salaries vary widely depending on the job settings. Successful freelance writers may earn more than experienced writers.
Salary Range (National Average): $25,000 to $32,000
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: Most employers prefer to hire writers with a bachelor's degree in liberal arts. Degrees that emphasize communications or English will provide the best training. Courses in all sciences will be helpful.
Recommended Skills:
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Persuading and influencing others to change their attitudes, behavior, and/or opinions.
  • Being able to express creative ideas through the arts.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .

* For New York salary data information .

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.