Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers

Create original written works, such as scripts, essays, prose, poetry or song lyrics, for publication or performance.

Salary at 10th Percentile: $30,520
Median Salary: $61,820
Salary at 90th Percentile: $118,760

Write fiction or nonfiction prose, such as short stories, novels, biographies, articles, descriptive or critical analyses, and essays.

Develop factors such as themes, plots, characterizations, psychological analyses, historical environments, action, and dialogue to create material.

Prepare works in appropriate format for publication, and send them to publishers or producers.

Revise written material to meet personal standards and to satisfy needs of clients, publishers, directors, or producers.

Confer with clients, editors, publishers, or producers to discuss changes or revisions to written material.

Choose subject matter and suitable form to express personal feelings and experiences or ideas, or to narrate stories or events.

Conduct research to obtain factual information and authentic detail, using sources such as newspaper accounts, diaries, and interviews.

Plan project arrangements or outlines, and organize material accordingly.

Follow appropriate procedures to get copyrights for completed work.

Attend book launches and publicity events, or conduct public readings.

Collaborate with other writers on specific projects.

Technology
Example
Hot Technology
Word processing software
Apple iWorks Pages
Web page creation and editing software
Bare Bones Software BBEdit
Office suite software
Google Drive
Text to speech conversion software
Text to speech software
Tool
Example
Hot Technology
Laser printers
Computer laser printers
Laser fax machine
Laser facsimile machines
Personal computers
Personal computers
Tablet computers
Tablet computers
English Language
97%
Importance

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Communications and Media
72%
Importance

Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

Psychology
60%
Importance

Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Sociology and Anthropology
48%
Importance

Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

Clerical
48%
Importance

Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Sales and Marketing
48%
Importance

Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

Computers and Electronics
47%
Importance

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Fine Arts
46%
Importance

Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

History and Archeology
41%
Importance

Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.

Law and Government
33%
Importance

Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

Writing
94%
Importance

Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Reading Comprehension
81%
Importance

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Listening
72%
Importance

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Critical Thinking
69%
Importance

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Speaking
66%
Importance

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Active Learning
63%
Importance

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Complex Problem Solving
60%
Importance

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Judgment and Decision Making
60%
Importance

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Social Perceptiveness
53%
Importance

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Learning Strategies
47%
Importance

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Written Expression
91%
Importance

The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Fluency of Ideas
81%
Importance

The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).

Originality
81%
Importance

The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.

Written Comprehension
78%
Importance

The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Near Vision
75%
Importance

The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Oral Comprehension
69%
Importance

The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Oral Expression
69%
Importance

The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Inductive Reasoning
63%
Importance

The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Deductive Reasoning
60%
Importance

The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Information Ordering
56%
Importance

The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

Thinking Creatively
98%
Importance

Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

Interacting With Computers
81%
Importance

Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

Getting Information
79%
Importance

Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
75%
Importance

Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
69%
Importance

Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

Making Decisions and Solving Problems
62%
Importance

Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

Developing Objectives and Strategies
61%
Importance

Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.

Documenting/Recording Information
60%
Importance

Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
58%
Importance

Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
57%
Importance

Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

Edit written materials.

Determine presentation subjects or content.

Write material for artistic or entertainment purposes.

Coordinate artistic activities.

Obtain copyrights or other legal permissions.

Discuss production content and progress with others.

Conduct research to inform art, designs, or other work.

Promote products, activities, or organizations.

Train others on work processes.

Collaborate with others to prepare or perform artistic productions.

Freedom to Make Decisions

How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?

Structured versus Unstructured Work

To what extent is this job structured for the worker, rather than allowing the worker to determine tasks, priorities, and goals?

Spend Time Sitting

How much does this job require sitting?

Level of Competition

To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?

Electronic Mail

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Importance of Being Exact or Accurate

How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?

Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions

How much does this job require making repetitive motions?

Telephone

How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?

Time Pressure

How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?

Importance of Repeating Same Tasks

How important is repeating the same physical activities (e.g., key entry) or mental activities (e.g., checking entries in a ledger) over and over, without stopping, to performing this job?

Major
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Mass Communication/Media Studies
Journalism
Broadcast Journalism
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
Creative Writing
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing
Playwriting and Screenwriting
Business/Corporate Communications, General
Artistic

Score: 100 / 100

Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

Investigative

Score: 71 / 100

Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

Enterprising

Score: 52 / 100

Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.

Social

Score: 33 / 100

Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Conventional

Score: 29 / 100

Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Realistic

Score: 24 / 100

Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Persistence
98%
Importance

Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.

Independence
95%
Importance

Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.

Initiative
92%
Importance

Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

Innovation
91%
Importance

Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

Achievement/Effort
90%
Importance

Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.

Attention to Detail
88%
Importance

Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

Stress Tolerance
79%
Importance

Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.

Adaptability/Flexibility
79%
Importance

Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.

Dependability
77%
Importance

Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

Integrity
69%
Importance

Job requires being honest and ethical.

Achievement
86%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.

Independence
81%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.

Recognition
71%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Working Conditions
69%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.

Relationships
38%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.

Support
29%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.

Career
Film and Video Editors
Political Scientists
Music Composers and Arrangers
Sociologists
Astronomers
Technical Writers
Fashion Designers
Landscape Architects
Web Developers
Anthropologists