Best Careers for Writers

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  1. Broadcast News Analysts
  2. What they do

    They analyze, interpret, and broadcast news received from various sources.

    • Write commentaries, columns, or scripts, using computers.
    • Coordinate and serve as an anchor on news broadcast programs.
    • Edit news material to ensure that it fits within available time or space.
    • Examine news items of local, national, and international significance to determine topics to address, or obtain assignments from editorial staff members.

    How much they make

    $91990

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  3. Producers
  4. What they do

    They plan and coordinate various aspects of radio, television, stage, or motion picture production, such as selecting script, coordinating writing, directing and editing, and arranging financing.

    • Write and edit news stories from information collected by reporters and other sources.
    • Hire directors, principal cast members, and key production staff members.
    • Arrange financing for productions.
    • Coordinate the activities of writers, directors, managers, and other personnel throughout the production process.

    How much they make

    $89840

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  5. Technical Writers
  6. What they do

    They write technical materials, such as equipment manuals, appendices, or operating and maintenance instructions. May assist in layout work.

    • Organize material and complete writing assignment according to set standards regarding order, clarity, conciseness, style, and terminology.
    • Maintain records and files of work and revisions.
    • Edit, standardize, or make changes to material prepared by other writers or establishment personnel.
    • Select photographs, drawings, sketches, diagrams, and charts to illustrate material.

    How much they make

    $75500

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  7. Copy Writers
  8. What they do

    They write advertising copy for use by publication or broadcast media to promote sale of goods and services.

    • Write to customers in their terms and on their level so that the advertiser's sales message is more readily received.
    • Discuss with the client the product, advertising themes and methods, and any changes that should be made in advertising copy.
    • Write advertising copy for use by publication, broadcast, or internet media to promote the sale of goods and services.
    • Present drafts and ideas to clients.

    How much they make

    $73090

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  9. Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers
  10. What they do

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

    • 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.
    • Prepare works in appropriate format for publication, and send them to publishers or producers.
    • Revise written material to meet personal standards and to satisfy needs of clients, publishers, directors, or producers.

    How much they make

    $73090

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  11. Editors
  12. What they do

    They plan, coordinate, or edit content of material for publication. May review proposals and drafts for possible publication. Includes technical editors.

    • Read copy or proof to detect and correct errors in spelling, punctuation, and syntax.
    • Verify facts, dates, and statistics, using standard reference sources.
    • Read, evaluate and edit manuscripts or other materials submitted for publication and confer with authors regarding changes in content, style or organization, or publication.
    • Develop story or content ideas, considering reader or audience appeal.

    How much they make

    $69480

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  13. PR Specialists
  14. What they do

    They engage in promoting or creating an intended public image for individuals, groups, or organizations. May write or select material for release to various communications media.

    • Respond to requests for information from the media or designate an appropriate spokesperson or information source.
    • Write press releases or other media communications to promote clients.
    • Establish or maintain cooperative relationships with representatives of community, consumer, employee, or public interest groups.
    • Plan or direct development or communication of programs to maintain favorable public or stockholder perceptions of an organization's accomplishments, agenda, or environmental responsibility.

    How much they make

    $68440

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  15. Reporters
  16. What they do

    They collect and analyze facts about newsworthy events by interview, investigation, or observation. Report and write stories for newspaper, news magazine, radio, or television.

    • Receive assignments or evaluate leads or tips to develop story ideas.
    • Research a story's background information to provide complete and accurate information.
    • Arrange interviews with people who can provide information about a story.
    • Establish and maintain relationships with individuals who are credible sources of information.

    How much they make

    $55530

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  17. Paralegals and Legal Assistants
  18. What they do

    They assist lawyers by investigating facts, preparing legal documents, or researching legal precedent. Conduct research to support a legal proceeding, to formulate a defense, or to initiate legal action.

    • Prepare affidavits or other documents, such as legal correspondence, and organize and maintain documents in paper or electronic filing system.
    • Prepare legal documents, including briefs, pleadings, appeals, wills, contracts, and real estate closing statements.
    • Prepare for trial by performing tasks such as organizing exhibits.
    • Investigate facts and law of cases and search pertinent sources, such as public records and internet sources, to determine causes of action and to prepare cases.

    How much they make

    $54500

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  19. Proofreaders and Copy Markers
  20. What they do

    They read transcript or proof type setup to detect and mark for correction any grammatical, typographical, or compositional errors. Includes proofreaders of Braille.

    • Mark copy to indicate and correct errors in type, arrangement, grammar, punctuation, or spelling, using standard printers' marks.
    • Read corrected copies or proofs to ensure that all corrections have been made.
    • Correct or record omissions, errors, or inconsistencies found.
    • Compare information or figures on one record against same data on other records, or with original copy, to detect errors.

    How much they make

    $41950

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