Freelance Writer Career Field

Freelance writers are self-employed. They work on a contract and project basis for different publishing entities writing magazine articles, web based articles, and other written material. Many freelance writers are now employed writing information for internet websites.

Education Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree in English/Journalism/Technical Writing

Freelance writers generally need at least a bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, or a simliar field. Experience is also incredibly important for getting hired for different jobs. Freelance writers need to be flexible and able to take up new and different writing projects quickly. They need excellent word processing skills. Web content writing skills often require some basic web  page editing knowledge and an understanding of internet programming languages and basic photo editing skills.

Educational Courses

Writing Skills
Web Page Creation and Editing Skills
Internet Content Writing
Graphic Illustration Software
Graphic Schematics
Technical Writing Skills
Editing Skills

Employment Statistics

Number Employed writers in 2008: 151,700
Projected Employment of writers through 2018: 174,100
Average Annual Pay for salaried writers in 2008: $53,070

Educational Courses

Word Processing Software
Writing Skills
Web Editing
Writing Styles
Editorial Writing
Technical Writing

Top Colleges

University of Phoenix
Capella University
Keiser University
Walden University
Ashford University

Related Careers

Announcers
Interpreters and translators
News analysts, reporters, and correspondents
Technical writers

Article Reference: bls.gov

 

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  1. Posted July 1, 2011 at 4:42 am | Permalink

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