What do they do?

Originate and prepare written material, such as scripts, stories, advertisements, and other material.

Also known as:

Advertisement Agency Copywriter (Ad Agency Copywriter), Advertising Associate, Advertising Copywriter, Advertising Writer, Communications Specialist, Copywriter, Freelance Copywriter, Promotion Writer, Search Engine Optimization Copywriter (SEO Copywriter), Web Content Writer

Typical Wages

Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Writers and Authors is projected to show little or no change from 2020 to 2030.

Projected Employment in VA

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  • -1%

    Change

    Ranks #58 in job growth rate
    360

    Job Openings

    Ranks #17 in net job growth

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Education Level

Percent of workers in this field with these degrees:

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree  (8%)
  • Master's degree  (27%)
  • Bachelor's degree  (49%)
  • Associate's degree  (3%)
  • Some college, no degree  (8%)
  • High school diploma equivalent  (4%)
  • Less than high school diploma  (1%)

Typical College Majors

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  • #1
    • Degrees Granted

      28,235
    • Female Students

      17,824
    • Male Students

      10,411
    • Median Starting Salary

      $40,000
  • #2
    • Degrees Granted

      8,888
    • Female Students

      5,948
    • Male Students

      2,940
    • Median Starting Salary

      $40,700
  • #3
    • Degrees Granted

      8,008
    • Female Students

      4,951
    • Male Students

      3,057
    • Median Starting Salary

      $40,000
  • #4
    • Degrees Granted

      2,957
    • Female Students

      2,195
    • Male Students

      762
    • Median Starting Salary

      $38,900
  • #5
    • Degrees Granted

      1,435
    • Female Students

      899
    • Male Students

      536
    • Median Starting Salary

      $38,900

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.
  • 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.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Develop promotional strategies or plans.
  • Write advertising or promotional material.
  • Present work to clients for approval.
  • Confer with clients to determine needs.
  • Monitor current trends.
  • Conduct market research.

This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 28.1 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

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