Copy Writers

General Information

Description

Write advertising copy for use by publication or broadcast media to promote sale of goods and services.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
  • Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers
  • Motion Picture and Video Industries

Job Outlook

Employment of writers and authors is projected to show little or no change from 2018 to 2028. Online publications and services are growing in number and sophistication, spurring demand for writers and authors with Web and multimedia experience. However, employment of writers and authors in the newspaper and book and periodical publication industries is projected to decline. Some experienced writers should find work in the public relations departments of corporations and nonprofit organizations. Self-employed or freelance writers and authors may find work with newspaper, magazine, or journal publishers, and some will write books.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$62,170

State-by-state Salary

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$93,010
$28,700
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 71%
  • Some college 15%
  • Associate's degree 9%
  • Master's degree 1%
  • High school 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Knowledge

  • English Language
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Communications and Media
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Computers and Electronics

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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