Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers

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What do they do?

Create original written works, such as scripts, essays, prose, poetry or song lyrics, for publication or performance.

Also known as:

Author, Book Author, Children's Book Author, Creative Writer, Fiction Author, Freelance Writer, Librettist, Lyricist, Novelist, Poet, Songwriter, 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 show little or no change from 2018 to 2028.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • -1.6%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #35 in job growth rate
  • 330

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #12 in net job growth
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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (8.2%)
  • Master's degree (26.3%)
  • Bachelor's degree (49.8%)
  • Associate's degree (3.2%)
  • Some college, no degree (8.5%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (3.3%)
  • Less than high school diploma (0.7%)

Percent of workers in this field

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People in this career often have these skills:

  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.
  • 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.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
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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.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
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People in this career often have talent in:

  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Fluency of Ideas - The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
  • 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.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Write material for artistic or entertainment purposes.
  • Edit written materials.
  • Discuss production content and progress with others.
  • Determine presentation subjects or content.
  • Conduct research to inform art, designs, or other work.
  • Coordinate artistic activities.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 26.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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