What major do you choose to become a writer?

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Carlton Burgess on November 20, 2018

A college degree generally is required for a position as a writer or editor. Good facility with computers and communications equipment is necessary to stay in touch with sources, editors and other writers working on assignments, whether from home, an office, or while traveling.. Education and training. Some employers look for a broad liberal arts background, while others prefer to hire people with a degree in communications, journalism, or English. For those who specialize in a particular area, such as fashion, business, or law, additional background in the chosen field is expected. Increasingly, technical writing requires a degree, or a little bit of knowledge about a specialized field-for example, engineering, business, or one of the sciences. Knowledge of a second language is helpful for some positions. A background in web design, computer graphics or other technology field is increasingly practical, due to the increased use of graphics and representational design in developing technical documentation. In many cases, people with good writing skills may transfer from jobs as technicians, scientists, or engineers into jobs as writers or editors. Others begin as research assistants or as trainees in a technical information department, develop technical communication skills, and then assume writing duties.. Other qualifications. Writers and publishers must be able to express ideas clearly and logically and should enjoy writing. Creativity, curiosity, a wide range of knowledge, self-motivation and perseverance are also valuable. Writers and editors must demonstrate good judgment and a strong sense of ethics in deciding what material to publish. In addition, the ability to concentrate amid confusion and to work under pressure often is essential. Editors also need tact and the ability to guide and encourage others in their work. Familiarity with electronic publishing, graphics, and video production increasingly is needed. The use of electronic and wireless communications equipment to send e-mail, transmit work, and review copy often is necessary. Online newspapers and magazines require knowledge of computer software used to combine online text with graphics, audio, video, and animation.. the high school and college newspapers, literary magazines, community newspapers, and radio and television stations all provide valuable, but sometimes unpaid, practical writing experience. Many magazines, newspapers and radio stations have internships for students. Interns write short pieces, conduct research and interviews, and learn about the publication or dissemination of business.. Advancement. In small firms, beginning writers and editors hired as assistants may actually begin writing or editing material right away. Opportunities progress and also work full-time may be limited, however. Many small or not-for-profit organizations do not have enough regular work or do not can afford to employ writers on a full time basis. Usually, however, the contract of work for freelance writers.. In larger businesses, jobs usually are more formally structured. Beginners generally do research, fact check articles, or copy edit drafts. Advancement to full-scale writing or editing assignments may occur more slowly for the new writers and editors in larger organizations than for employees of small businesses. Advancement often is more predictable, though, coming with the assignment of the more important items.. Advancement for writers, especially freelancers, often means working larger, more complex projects for better known publications or for more money. Building a reputation and establishing a track record for meeting deadlines also makes it easier to get future assignments. The experience, credibility, and reliability often lead to long-term, independent relationships with the same publications and to contacts with editors who will seek you out for special missions.. The growing popularity of blogs could allow some writers to get their work read. For example, a couple of well-written blogs can get some kind of recognition to the author and may lead to a few paid pieces in other print or electronic publications. Some established staff writers contribute to blogs in the online versions of publications in conjunction with their routine work. However, most bloggers do not earn a considerable amount of money writing their blogs.. For the source and more detailed information on this topic, click on the related links section (u.s. Department of Labor) indicated below.


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