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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-employed41.19%
  2. Private, for profit40.47%
  3. Private, not for profit11.75%
  4. State and local government4.31%
  5. Federal government1.35%

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

Projected Job Growth (2022 - 2032)
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Salary Information

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Salary Range Salary varies based on years of experience, degree level and location.

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Education & Interests

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%


You may find this career fulfilling if you consider yourself to be:

  • Artistic — You have an interest in creating visual artwork, performances, written works, food or music.
  • Investigative — You have an interest in studying and researching objects, organisms, and other things.

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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


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

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