You like to write and you like to get paid for it. That's good because according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, or BLS, the demand for freelance writers is expected to increase 15 percent through 2018. But whether you work for yourself or as part of a company, your writing skills are -- and will continue to be -- in high demand.
Though the BLS expects an 8 percent decline in journalism jobs by the year 2020, solid journalists are still in demand. Television and broadcast media, online journals and print publications still require writers with strong ethics, deft writing skills and the ability to communicate with all types of people. Aspiring journalists typically have a bachelor's degree in English, journalism or communications and experience on a college newspaper or internship. Median annual salary is $36,000-$55,000 as of 2012.
Marketing, Advertising and PR
Corporate copywriters create advertising and media campaigns to help promote businesses and products. Being successful in marketing, advertising and public relations writing requires an ability to write persuasive, creative copy, often on short notice and in collaboration with several other people. Corporate copywriters can either work freelance or as part of an agency. Either way, a college background in writing, marketing, business, journalism or communication is essential. The BLS cites a median annual salary for corporate copywriters of $54,410 as of 2012.
Grant writers prepare proposals on behalf of nonprofit agencies, government bodies and educational institutions in need of funding. A grant writer needs to understand and communicate an organization's mission and need. She also typically is responsible for finding potential funding sources. This requires strong writing and research skills, plus an ability to meet and work with various kinds of people. Grant writer salaries vary wildly, depending on the size of the agencies for which they work.
Medical and Technical Writing
Medical and technical writers specialize in high-tech fields such as medicine, computers, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing. Their job is to translate dense, technical data into product manuals, packaging materials and workbooks for professionals, customers and manufacturers. Most technical writers work for a company or agency, but freelancing is popular among experienced writers. The BLS lists a median annual salary of $63,280 for technical writers as of 2012. Employment is expected to grow by 17 percent through 2020.
2016 Salary Information for Technical Writers
Technical writers earned a median annual salary of $69,850 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, technical writers earned a 25th percentile salary of $53,990, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $89,730, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 52,400 people were employed in the U.S. as technical writers.
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