Writers and Authors

General Information


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

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit39.35%
  2. Self-employed38.88%
  3. Private, not for profit13.34%
  4. State and local government5.46%
  5. Federal government1.95%

Job Outlook

Employment of writers and authors is projected to grow 9 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations. About 15,400 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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  • English Language
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