You’ve got a love of words and a knack for getting your ideas across. Turn that talent into an enriching new career by studying a writing course.
What do writing graduates do?
Graduates of writing courses may take on a wide variety of roles in the publishing, media, advertising and creative sectors.
If you choose to work as a journalist, you may complete tasks such as:
- Researching and conducting interviews;
- Writing articles, news reports, feature articles, stories and commentaries;
- Writing and editing copy to ensure accuracy and conformity with editorial guidelines;
- Analysing, collecting and checking facts;
- Reviewing and researching other published material; and
- Critically discussing news and events for criticism, reviews and opinion columns.
If you choose to work as a copywriter, you may complete tasks such as:
- Consulting with clients and managers to establish and interpret creative briefs;
- Conduct market research;
- Writing advertising and marketing copy for press, radio, television, billboards, catalogues and shop displays;
- Editing and reviewing writing work; and
- Briefing graphic designers.
If you choose to work as an editor, you may complete tasks such as:
- Developing and implementing editorial guidelines;
- Editing and reviewing copy for factual accuracy, compliance with editorial guidelines and policies, tone, grammar and style;
- Briefing writers and designers;
- Writing articles, opinion pieces, stories and features; and
- Managing the publication of a newspaper, magazine or website, including managing an editorial calendar, publishing pieces, determining budgets and arranging payments.
You may also choose to work as a creative author, poet or screenwriter, and will work independently to conduct research and draft chapters or scenes for your creative work. You may also work with an editor to refine your work.
You’ll thrive working as a writer if you:
- Love words
- Are a creative thinker
- Can work independently
- Are curious about the world
- Are resilient
- Are disciplined
- Have excellent writing and communication skills
- Can work well under pressure
- Have strong organisation and time management skills
- Are empathetic
The Australian Government’s Job Outlook reports that the writing sector in Australia has been growing moderately for the past decade, and expects job opportunities in the sector to continue expanding. Currently employing approximately 27,500 people, the sector will likely expand to employ approximately 30,300 people by 2020. Job Outlook predicts similar growth for the creative writing sector, reporting that although fewer than 10,000 people are employed in the field, new job openings are expected to double by 2020.
PayScale reports that writers may earn anywhere between $22,000 and $90,000 per year, depending on the nature of their role and the type of employment. Generally, a writer can expect to earn between $41,000 and $80,000 per year, with an average annual salary of approximately $58,000.
A content writer or copywriter may earn an average salary of $47,000 per year, an editor may receive an average salary between $42,000 and $60,000 per year, depending on experience, and a creative writer may earn approximately $39,000 per year, according to PayScale.