The following is a summary of the main duties of some occupations in this unit group:
A. Novelists, playwrights, script writers, poets and other creative writers conceive and write novels, plays, scripts, poetry and other material for publication or presentation and may conduct research to establish factual content and to obtain other necessary information.
B. Technical writers analyze material, such as specifications, notes and drawings, and write manuals, user guides and other documents to explain clearly and concisely the installation, operation and maintenance of software and electronic, mechanical and other equipment.
C. Copywriters study and determine selling features of products and services and write text for advertisements and commercials.
D. Authors and writers may specialize in a particular subject or type of writing.
1. Arts entertainment and recreation - 39.0%
2. Information and cultural industries - 20.0%
3. Public administration - 15.0%
4. Computer systems design and related services - 6.0%
5. Advertising and related services - 6.0%
6. Administrative and support waste management and remediation services - 3.0%
Educational requirements vary, depending on your specialization.
1. To be a technical writer, you usually need a university degree in an area of specialization such as computer science or engineering.
2. To be a copywriter, you usually need a university degree or college diploma in English, French, marketing, advertising or another field.
3. To be a creative writer, you may want to take a creative writing program offered by a university or college.
4. To succeed in this occupation, you need talent and ability, demonstrated by a portfolio of work, in order to be hired.
5. You may also need to be a member of a guild or union related to the occupation.
1. Computer-related courses
2. Family Studies
4. English (Composition)
The average hourly wages for Authors and Writers is $23.00/HR, which is above average for occupations in the art, culture, recreation and sport sector and are below average for all professional occupations. These wages grew at a below-average rate from 2002 to 2004.