Copy Writers

What do they do?

Write advertising copy for use by publication or broadcast media to promote sale of goods and services.

Also known as:

Account Executive, Advertising Associate, Advertising Copy Writer, Advertising Writer, Communications Specialist, Copy Writer, Copywriter, Freelance Copywriter, Production Director, Web Content Writer

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Writers and Authors in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Writers and Authors is projected to grow 9 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 9.6%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #15 in job growth rate
  • 360

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #8 in net job growth
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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (8.5%)
  • Master's degree (23.6%)
  • Bachelor's degree (49.3%)
  • Associate's degree (4.5%)
  • Some college, no degree (9.7%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (3.4%)
  • Less than high school diploma (0.9%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
  • Sales and Marketing - Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Originality - The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Write advertising or promotional material.
  • Confer with clients to determine needs.
  • Present work to clients for approval.
  • Collaborate with others in marketing activities.
  • Edit written materials.
  • Develop promotional strategies or plans.
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