“Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.”

Those words, spoken by American writer Patrick Rothfuss, perfectly sum up the power a writer has over his audience. Writers are tasked with developing content for ads, books, magazines, movie and television scripts, websites, online publications and even songs.

Very few careers provide the kind of diversity as that of writing. Anywhere the written word is required, a writer has found employment.

As a general rule, a bachelor’s degree in writing is required to work in the field. Additional training and skills may be required for certain subsets of the writing industry.

The majority of writers work for professional, scientific or technical services and earn an average annual salary of $61,630. The next largest segment of writers work in the arts and entertainment industry, and earn an average of $59,290 annually.

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