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Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers

General Information


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

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Self-employed45.96%
  2. Private, for profit34.19%
  3. Private, not for profit11.23%
  4. State and local government6.00%
  5. Federal government1.84%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • Arts, Audio/Video Technology & Communications

Job Outlook

Employment of writers and authors is projected to grow 4 percent from 2021 to 2031, about as fast as the average for all occupations. About 15,200 openings for writers and authors are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Average Salary



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Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 46%
  • Less than high school 19%
  • High school 15%
  • Some college 7%
  • Master's degree 3%
  • Doctoral degree 3%
  • Post baccalaureate 3%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%


  • English Language
  • Communications and Media
  • Administrative
  • Psychology
  • Fine Arts

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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