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* ELMI Occupation Profile - Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers *
 
Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers
(O*NET 27-3043.05, SOC 27-3043)
What they do
Create original written works, such as scripts, essays, prose, poetry or song lyrics, for publication or performance.
 
Also called:
Author, Book Author, Children's Book Author, Creative Writer, Fiction and Nonfiction Author, Freelance Writer, Lyricist, Novelist, Poet, Songwriter
 
 
Wages
Writers and Authors*
Vermont - 2020
Percentile1HourlyYearly
10% $ 20.56   $42,760  
25% $ 26.84   $55,830  
Median $ 34.47   $71,690  
75% $ 41.92   $87,190  
90% $ 59.73   $124,240  
 
Average $ 36.64   $76,210  
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Industries of Employment
Writers and Authors*
United States - 2018
IndustryPercent of total
  • Self-employed workers
62%
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services
11%
  • Publishing industries (except Internet)
4%
  • Performing arts, spectator sports, and related industries
3%
  • Motion picture and sound recording industries
3%
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Knowledge
People in this career often know a lot about:
  • English Language
    Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Communications and Media
    Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
  • Psychology
    Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
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Skills
People in this career often have these skills:
  • Writing
    Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Reading Comprehension
    Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening
    Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking
    Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking
    Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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Interests
People in this career often prefer these work environments:
  • Artistic
    Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
  • Investigative
    Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
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Work Styles
People in this career will do well at jobs that need:
  • Persistence
    Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Independence
    Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Initiative
    Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Innovation
    Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Achievement/Effort
    Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
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Projected Employment
Writers and Authors*
 Vermont
2018 employment 759
2028 employment 717
Annual percent change
(compounded)
-0.6%
Annual projected job openings
(due to change and separations)
73
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Education and Experience:
Writers and Authors*
  • Typical education needed for entry
    Bachelor's degree
  • Work experience in a related occupation
    None
  • Typical on-the-job training needed to attain competency
    Long-term on-the-job training
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Job Zone
Considerable Preparation Needed
  • Specific Vocational Preparation Range
    (7.0 to < 8.0) - A typical worker will require over 2 years up to and including 4 years of training to achieve average performance in this occupation.
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Education Level
How much education do most people in this career have?
Education level Percent of
U.S. Workers
Doctoral or professional degree
or post-MA certificate
  4%
Master's degree or
post-BA certificate
  8%
Bachelor's degree   46%
Associate's degree   0%
Certificate or some college,
no degree
  8%
High school diploma
or equivalent
  15%
Less than high school diploma   19%
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Abilities
People in this career often have talent in:
  • Written Expression
    The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Fluency of Ideas
    The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
  • Originality
    The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
  • Written Comprehension
    The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Near Vision
    The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
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Work Activities
In general, what you might do:
  • Thinking Creatively
    Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
  • Interacting With Computers
    Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
  • Getting Information
    Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
    Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
    Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
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Detailed Work Activities
What you might do in a day:
  • Write material for artistic or entertainment purposes.
  • Edit written materials.
  • Discuss production content and progress with others.
  • Determine presentation subjects or content.
  • Conduct research to inform art, designs, or other work.
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Tasks
On the job, you would:
  • 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.
  • Confer with clients, editors, publishers, or producers to discuss changes or revisions to written material.
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