Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers
SOC: 27-3043.05

Description:

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


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
136,500 employed

Projected (2024):
139,700 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Author
  • Biographer
  • Book Reviewer
  • Business Writer
  • Children's Author
  • Columnist/Commentator
  • Comic Book Writer
  • Comic Writer
  • Continuity Writer
  • Creative Writer
  • Critic
  • Crossword Puzzle Maker
  • Documentary Script Writer
  • Dramatist
  • Editorial Writer
  • Fiction and Nonfiction Prose Writer
  • Fiction Writer
  • Film Writer
  • Free Lance Writer
  • Freelance Journalist
  • Freelance Writer
  • Gag Writer
  • Game Author
  • Ghost Writer
  • Greeting Card Maker
  • Greeting Card Writer
  • Humorist
  • Librettist
  • Literary Writer
  • Lyricist
  • Magazine Journalist
  • Magazine Writer
  • Motivational Speaker
  • Movie Writer
  • Music Critic
  • Music Journalist
  • Novelist
  • Online Journalist
  • Play Writer
  • Playwright
  • Poem Writer
  • Poet
  • Program Writer
  • Publications Writer
  • Radio Script Writer
  • Scenario Writer
  • Screen Writer
  • Screenplay Writer
  • Script Writer
  • Short Story Writer
  • Song Lyricist
  • Song Writer
  • Songwriter
  • Speech Writer
  • Sports Writer
  • Story Writer
  • Television Script Writer
  • Television Writer
  • Travel Writer
  • Verse Writer
  • Video Game Script Writer
  • Video Games Storywriter
  • Visual Journalist


  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.

    Education:

    Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Revise written material to meet personal standards and to satisfy needs of clients, publishers, directors, or producers.
  • Choose subject matter and suitable form to express personal feelings and experiences or ideas, or to narrate stories or events.
  • Plan project arrangements or outlines, and organize material accordingly.
  • Prepare works in appropriate format for publication, and send them to publishers or producers.
  • Follow appropriate procedures to get copyrights for completed work.
  • Write fiction or nonfiction prose such as short stories, novels, biographies, articles, descriptive or critical analyses, and essays.
  • Develop factors such as themes, plots, characterizations, psychological analyses, historical environments, action, and dialogue, to create material.
  • Confer with clients, editors, publishers, or producers to discuss changes or revisions to written material.
  • Conduct research to obtain factual information and authentic detail, using sources such as newspaper accounts, diaries, and interviews.
  • Write narrative, dramatic, lyric, or other types of poetry for publication.
  • Attend book launches and publicity events, or conduct public readings.
  • Write words to fit musical compositions, including lyrics for operas, musical plays, and choral works.
  • Adapt text to accommodate musical requirements of composers and singers.
  • Teach writing classes.
  • Write humorous material for publication, or for performances such as comedy routines, gags, and comedy shows.
  • Collaborate with other writers on specific projects.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Computer laser printers
  • Laser facsimile machines
  • Personal computers
  • Tablet computers
  • Apple iWorks Pages
  • Ashley Software Writer's Blocks
  • AutoCrit Editing Wizard
  • Bare Bones Software BBEdit
  • Blogger
  • Contour Storyteller
  • Google Drive
  • Literature & Latte Scrivener
  • MasterWriter
  • Microsoft Word
  • OpenOffice.org
  • Power Structure
  • Ravenshead Services WriteItNow
  • Red Sweater MarsEdit
  • RoughDraft
  • ScriptPerfection Power Writer
  • Storymind StoryWeaver
  • Text to speech software
  • Tumblr
  • WhiteSmoke
  • WordPress
  • Write Brothers Dramatica software
  • WriteWay Pro


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    industry stats

    SOC: 27-0000

    Total Employed: 1,843,600

    Average Annual Salary: $56,980