Writing Careers

Interviews with Professional Writers

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Are you interested in becoming a writer, but don't know what options are open to you? The following information should help you see the myriad of opportunities available to writers.
 

The following links will take you to information on writing careers:
  • O*Net Online Occupational Information Network
    This site contains information on over 950 jobs, based on the Standard Occupational Classification system. It allows you to search for occupations by title or keyword. You can also use the site to search for occupations based on your skills.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook 
    This site, created by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, allows you to view vital information on occupations. You can search for specific occupations, browse through the alphabetical index, or look at categories of occupations.

 
The following are some careers open to writers:
MEDIA
Newspapers and News Services
Television

Assignment Editor
Associate News Director
Assistant Editor
Bureau Chief
Bureau Reporter
City Editor
Columnist
Copy Editor
Correspondent
Critic
Editorial Writer
General Assignment Reporter
Journalist
Managing Editor
News Director
News Editor
News Writer
Section Editor
Stringer
Syndicated Columnist
Wire Editor

Editor
News Writer
Reporter
Radio
Editor
Reporter
Writer (ads, news, etc.)
Magazines
Associate Editor
Copy Editor
Editor
Editorial Assistant
Executive Editor
News Writer
Publications Editor
Senior Editor
Story Editor
BOOK PUBLISHING
Assistant Editor
Associate Editor
Copy Editor
Copywriter
Dictionary Editor
Editor
Editorial Assistant

Promotional Assistant -
     Electronic Publishing
Product Manager - 
     Electronic Publishing
Researcher
Senior Editor

     

   
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
Author
Critic
Ghostwriter/Collaborator
Greeting Card Writer
Lyricist/Jingle Writer
Playwright
Poet
Scriptwriter/Screenwriter
   
BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS AND PUBLIC RELATIONS
Communications Coordinator
External Publications Editor
Government Affairs Specialist
Internal Publications Editor
Public Information Officer
Public Relations Assistant
Speechwriter


Technical Editor
Technical Writer
Technical Writer - Automotive
Technical Writer - Bilingual
Technical Writer - Biomedical Engineering
Technical Writer - Electronic 
     Publications Specialist
Technical Writer - Marketing
Technical Writer - Tech. Publications
   
ADVERTISING
Assistant Copywriter Copywriter
   
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
Political Speechwriter
Press Secretary
Technical Writer and Editor
Writer and Editor
   

SCHOLASTIC / ACADEMIC

Academic Journal Editor
Alumni Communications Specialist
Alumni Magazine Editor
Writing Teacher
   
FREELANCE SERVICES
Book Reviewer
Communications Consultant
Contributing Editor
Copy Editor
Reporter
Syndicated Columnist
Technical Editor
Technical Writer
Writer
   
SELF-PUBLISHING
Advertising Copywriter
Desktop Publisher
Self-Publisher