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Become A Writer And Editor

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Working As A Writer And Editor

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $39,146

    Average Salary

What Does A Writer And Editor Do

A Writer And Editor produces content for print media, online media, television, movies, and radio. They also are responsible for evaluating and selecting content for publication.

How To Become A Writer And Editor

A college degree is usually required for a position as a technical writer. In addition, experience with a technical subject, such as computer science, Web design, or engineering, is important.


Employers generally prefer candidates with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, English, or communications. Many technical writing jobs require both a degree and knowledge in a specialized field, such as engineering, computer science, or medicine. Web design experience also is helpful because of the growing use of online technical documentation.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Some technical writers begin their careers as specialists or research assistants in a technical field. They eventually develop technical communication skills and assume primary responsibilities for technical writing. In small firms, beginning technical writers may work on projects right away; in larger companies with more standard procedures, beginners may observe experienced technical writers and interact with specialists before being assigned projects.


Many technical writers need short-term on-the-job training to adapt to a different style of writing.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Some associations, including the Society for Technical Communication, offer certification for technical writers. In addition, the American Medical Writers Association offers extensive continuing education programs and certificates in medical writing. These certificates are available to professionals in the medical and allied scientific communication fields.

Although not mandatory, certification can demonstrate competence and professionalism, making candidates more attractive to employers. It can also increase a technical writer’s opportunities for advancement.


Prospects for advancement generally include working on more complex projects and leading or training junior staff. Some technical writers become self-employed and produce work on a freelance basis.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Technical writers must be able to take complex, technical information and translate it for colleagues and consumers who have nontechnical backgrounds.

Detail oriented. Technical writers create detailed instructions for others to follow. As a result, they must be detailed and precise at every step so that the instructions can be useful.

Imagination. Technical writers must be able to think about a procedure or product in the way a person without technical experience would think about it.

Teamwork. Technical writers must be able to work well with others. They are almost always part of a team: with other writers; with designers, editors, and illustrators; and with the technical people whose information they are explaining.

Technical skills. Technical writers must be able to understand highly complex information. Many technical writers need a background in engineering or computer science in order to do this.

Writing skills. Technical communicators must have excellent writing skills to be able to explain technical information clearly.

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Writer And Editor Career Paths

Writer And Editor
Marketing Specialist Marketing Manager
Associate Director, Marketing
8 Yearsyrs
Producer Director Production Manager Creative Director
Brand Strategist
5 Yearsyrs
Staff Writer Managing Editor
Communications Director
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Editor Senior Writer Managing Editor
Content Director
7 Yearsyrs
Co-Founder Fellow Editor
Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Social Media Manager Marketing Consultant Marketing Communications Manager
Content Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Editor Content Manager
Digital Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Communications Coordinator Communications Manager Marketing Manager
Digital Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Communications Manager Communications Director Marketing Director
Director Of Communications And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Communications Coordinator Communications Specialist Marketing Specialist
Marketing Communications Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Communications Manager Marketing Manager
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Writer Business Analyst Product Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Communications Consultant Communications Director Marketing Consultant
Marketing Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Senior Project Manager Business Developer
Marketing/Business Development
8 Yearsyrs
Marketing Specialist Communications Manager Social Media Manager
Marketing/Social Media Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Social Media Manager Marketing Director Search Engine Optimizer
Online Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Writer Project Manager Product Manager
Product Marketing Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Producer Director Executive Producer News Director
Public Information Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Writer Managing Editor
Publications Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Staff Writer Communications Specialist Communications Director
Vice President Of Communication
5 Yearsyrs
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Writer And Editor Demographics


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  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • German

  • Italian

  • Japanese

  • Russian

  • Portuguese

  • Chinese

  • Mandarin

  • Arabic

  • Korean

  • Hebrew

  • Hindi

  • Greek

  • Swedish

  • Cantonese

  • Dutch

  • Vietnamese

  • Polish

  • Turkish

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Real Writer And Editor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Writer/Editor Na World Services, Inc. CA Oct 24, 2016 $92,206
Editor/Writer News America Incorporated New York, NY Aug 25, 2011 $82,500
Writer/Editor Wowmax Media, LLC Torrance, CA Apr 30, 2015 $80,995
Mainland Mandarin Chinese Siri Writer/Editor Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 11, 2014 $75,000 -
Editor/Writer News America Incorporated New York, NY Aug 24, 2009 $75,000
Mainland Mandarin Chinese Siri Writer/Editor Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 05, 2014 $70,000 -
Writer/Editor Aurora Publishing, Inc. Torrance, CA Oct 01, 2009 $60,000
Lead Writer/Editor Redwood Media Group Fairfield, IA Oct 01, 2009 $55,000
Lead Writer/Editor Redwood Media Group LLC Fairfield, IA Oct 01, 2009 $55,000
Writer/Editor Make Sense Productions LLC Portland, ME Sep 16, 2015 $55,000
Editor/Writer U.S. Frontline News, Inc. New York, NY Dec 20, 2010 $42,241
Manage/Copy-Writer/Editor Japan Press Service Inc. Urban Honolulu, HI Nov 01, 2009 $42,000
Manager/Copy-Writer/Editor Japan Press Service Inc. Urban Honolulu, HI Dec 01, 2009 $42,000
Editor/Writer Ny Fashion Research Company Hillsdale, NY May 31, 2014 $41,740
Editor/Writer Ny Fashion Research Company Hillsdale, NY Sep 25, 2015 $41,740 -
Corporate Writer & Editor Rosco International, Inc. Saddle Brook, NJ Oct 01, 2010 $41,490
Editor/Writer Silverline Entertainment, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Oct 02, 2009 $37,752
Writer/Editor Inter-Pacific Publications, Inc. Burlingame, CA Oct 01, 2012 $37,066
Editor/Writer Vivid Navigation, Inc. CA Sep 21, 2016 $37,065
Editor/Writer Axe USA, Inc./Axis Atlanta Atlanta, GA Aug 20, 2010 $37,000
Editor/Writer Vivid Navigation, Inc. CA Sep 25, 2013 $36,293
Proposal Writer/Editor Outline Systems, Inc. Somerset, NJ Nov 04, 2013 $36,000

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Top Skills for A Writer And Editor


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Top Writer And Editor Skills

  1. Web Content
  2. Online Content
  3. Feature
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Copy edited and proofread all web content.
  • Edited all online content, including articles, reviews and interviews.
  • Provided content about the daily news surrounding the Giants' organization, plus other features, on a 24-hour news cycle.
  • Contribute to a list of professional English (ESL) topics which will comprise the outline for a Professional ESL Syllabus.
  • Applied industry specific keyword analysis to create press releases and blog entries for varies small businesses for search engine optimization.

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