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Authors, writers and translators

Average National Salaries (2020)

Age 20

£17,160 pile of coins

Age 35

£34,840 pile of coins

Age 50

£41,080 pile of coins
Average salary in the East Midlands: £23,400

What does this career do?

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.

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.

Current entry requirements

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.

Percentage in work

  • Employed

  • Unemployed

Male
(2020)
Female
(2020)

Due to insufficient sample sizes, some data was excised.

Predicted employment status in 2022

  • Full-time

  • Part-time

  • Self Employed

Predicted employment levels in the East Midlands

Career related courses available at West Notts

About the statistics

Data is powered by LMI for All and is sourced from labour market statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the Institute for Employment Research, the Department for Works and Pensions, and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.

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