Authors, writers and translators

£36,920

Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2017

38

Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2015

1.37%

Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)

Description

Job holders in this unit group write, edit and evaluate literary material for publication excluding material for newspapers, magazines and other periodicals but including scripts and narrative for film, TV, radio and computer games and animations; and translate spoken and written statements into different languages.

Qualifications

Entry is possible with a variety of academic qualifications and/or relevant experience. Postgraduate and professional qualifications are available and are required for some occupations.

Typical tasks

  • determines subject matter and researches as necessary by interviewing, attending public events, seeking out records, observing etc.;
  • generates and develops creative ideas for literary material;
  • selects material for publication, checks style, grammar and accuracy of content, arranges for any necessary revisions and checks proof copies before printing;
  • negotiates contracts with freelance agents and with buyer on behalf of writer;
  • writes instruction manuals and user guides, technical reports, catalogues and indexes, prepares sales literature and writes technical articles for trade journals;
  • converts documents or spoken statements from original or source language into another language;
  • provides communication support for the hard of hearing or the visually impaired.

Common job titles

Manager, publications
Writer, specifications
Writer
Writer, freelance
Adviser, literary
Editor, technical
Writer, lyric
Poet
Author
Author, technical
Translator
Writer, travel
Writer, specialist
Consultant, publishing
Biographer
Manager, publications, technical
Interpreter
Writer, medical
Agent, literary
Dramatist
Bibliographer
Writer, copy
Speechwriter
Novelist
Playwright
Assistant, editorial
Translator and interpreter
Writer, creative
Editor-in-chief
Consultant, language
Compiler, technical
Reader, lip
Reader, literary
Writer, technical
Communicator for the deaf
Reader, publisher's
Editor, cartographic
Interpreter and translator
Writer, report
Editor, managing
Writer, communications, corporate
Writer and creator
Writer, reports, senior (broadcasting)
Writer, script
Consultant, editorial
Describer, audio
Editor, sales
Linguist
Lexicographer
Editor
Writer, technical, senior
Copywriter

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.