4 July 2016
Writing is a broad profession with a long list of careers and job opportunities. For someone interested in writing, below are 10 professions in which to consider careers:
1. Journalism/Reporter/Columnist: If you’re really good at writing and have opinions you enjoy expressing, a career as a journalist, reporter or columnist might just be for you. It’s the cliché profession for every writer, but ultimately very rewarding especially knowing that you’re adding to people’s knowledge and providing information necessary for education and inspiration.
2. Editor: A writer is only as good as his or her editing skills. To be a good writer, you must be able to edit your work. An editor can work at publishing houses, newspaper or magazine companies, editing articles and making sure that every piece published is free of grammatical and typographical errors.
3. Proof-reader: Publishing houses mostly employ proof-readers to go through the multitude of manuscripts they receive in order to sift the mass and pick out the manuscripts with promise to make it as a successful book. The proof-reader in some companies also work as an editor.
4. Copywriter: A copywriter will most likely work with an advertising or branding agency. These agencies employ a copywriter to come up with catchy slogans and generally oversee every piece of content that passes through the agency to ensure they are well-written.
5. Blogger: The advent of the internet and social media has made blogging a viable profession for writers. A writer can create a website, write interesting and captivating articles and get paid by having advertisers buy ads spots on the site and charge for the spots based on traffic to the site.
6. Teacher: As the age old saying goes; “if you can’t do, teach”, the same goes for writing. If all else fails, teaching writing is also a viable career path. Whether it is teaching literature at a Secondary School or occasionally holding month-long or week-long writing seminars, teaching writing can be a very rewarding career both financially and emotionally (the joy of seeing students grow in the knowledge you impact).
7. Freelance Writer: There are numerous companies that at some point or the other require the services of a writer for a brief period of time. The pros of being a freelancer is that you can decide what jobs you pick and what price you are paid, plus the opportunity of having multiple jobs at a time means it can be very lucrative. Once you are well known as a freelance writer, jobs may come knocking on your door frequently.
8. Author: There is always the option of writing and publishing a novel as a writer. Writing as an author might be a tough profession to live off of initially, but if you’re lucky to become a bestselling author, it most times will become a cake walk.
9. Ghost Writer: This simply means: you write, someone else takes the glory, you take the money. Though it can be lucrative, writers who are particular about seeing their names mentioned with their work can find it very difficult seeing someone else get all the praise for their work. In spite of this, being a ghost writer is still a genuine career option for a writer who doesn’t mind the the arrangement of ‘pay in exchange for praise’.
10. Speech Writer: Many top government and corporate officials pay individuals to write their speeches. This can either be as part of a branding team or outsourced, but whichever way, it is a viable profession to consider as a writer.
Author: Aderonke Adeleke
Writer. Music lover. Movie junkie. Social Media Enthusiast. Aspiring dancer. Aspiring photographer. Social Introvert.