Six Careers for Writers


There are all sorts of careers out there. There are careers in medicine, childcare, teaching, marketing, veterinary science, customer service, baking, hospitality… the list goes on and on. Different types of roles suit different individuals with different personalities and different skill sets. If you enjoy writing, you may want to consider a career that involves a lot of writing. Now, there are a number out there, so let us take a moment to run through a few careers for wthat might appeal to you!


Journalism is an endlessly interesting career path to pursue. Of course, there are a number of different areas of journalism. You might focus on politics. You might focus on fashion. Or you might focus on current affairs. The possibilities are endless. What’s important when going into journalism is to remain ethical. Share stories fairly and without prejudice and you’re bound to stay on the right track. To become a journalist, you can take a number of degrees. You can go for a straight up English degree to improve your writing skills. Alternatively, you could take a degree in your specialist area. For example, if you plan to become a political journalist, you may want to study PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics).


If you’re interested in selling products and services, you might want to consider a career in copywriting. Copywriting generally involves writing anything that is used by businesses to sell their products. Some areas include writing emails, writing website copy, writing product descriptions, writing copy for social media posts and so much more. This is a great career for anyone interested in marketing and you will often find yourself collaborating with retail teams, graphic designers, website developers and countless other interesting individuals! To become a copywriter, it’s generally a good idea to complete an English Literature or English Language degree that will give you a great grip of language. You may want to consider courses in SEO and marketing too!

Academic Writing

If you really enjoyed writing your own dissertation and essays for your degree, you may want to look into working for dissertation writing services. This will allow you to create example dissertations for other students to gain inspiration from!

Court Reporter

If you like transcribing, you may want to be a court reporter. You may also hear this career path referred to as being a “stenographer”. This role will see you seated in courtrooms, typing out everything that is said, so that everything can be kept on record. Not only does this career involve writing, but you can rest assured that you’re helping the justice system too! While transcribing carefully and precisely will take a little practice, it will quickly come to you and become a habit. Generally speaking, you don’t need any specific academic qualifications to become a court reporter. You will be trained in machine shorthand on the job.

Author, Poet or Playwright

While many people think that becoming an author or other form of creative writer is unrealistic, we do need people to create new books, poems, plays and other forms of creative writing for us to enjoy and a few people are greatly successful. Just look at people like Roald Dahl, Tolkien, George R. R. Martin, Stephenie Meyer, Suzanne Collins and more. Again, to become a creative writer, you don’t need any official qualifications. However, there are plenty of creative writing courses and degrees out there that you might want to try to guide you in the right direction.


A more modern take on the playwright is often considered to be a screenwriter. We’re living in the golden age of television and more and more streaming platforms are looking for writers to create original shows and series. Screenwriting is extremely exciting and will see you collaborate with a number of other creatives to create scripts and storylines for great shows! While you don’t need academic qualifications to become a screenwriter, you do need a whole lot of natural creativity, as well as a great grip of language and form.

These, of course, are just a few different careers that involve writing. There are countless more out there. But hopefully, some of these will get your imagination going and will help you to find something that ticks all of your boxes and sees you step onto a new career path!