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Professional Writing

Professional Writing graduates find a variety of employment options: they can be self-employed, selling writing to others for publication, or they may work for a company, government agency or individual, or on a "for hire" basis. Professional writers may also work as publications specialists, assuming responsibility for various publications of a company or organization; as editors, reading and recomending manuscripts for a publishing house; or as columnists, writing critiques, reviews, and columns. Professional Writing prepares students for careers as freelance authors of books and magazine articles, plays, screenplays, and stories, both fiction and non-fiction.

Career Opportunities

  • Reporter Feature Writer
  • Print Editor
  • Editorial Writer
  • Newscaster
  • Editor (film, video tape, audio)
  • Assignment Editor
  • Continuity Writer
  • Greeting Card Writer
  • Proofreader
  • Electronic Publication Specialist
  • Photographer
  • Sales Representative
  • Writer/Author
  • Promotion/Advertising
  • Publicity
  • Production
  • Advertising Sales
  • Circulation
  • Art and Design
  • Marketing/Promotion
  • News Graphics and Photography
  • Public Relations
  • Reporter
  • Video Programmer

Related Skills


Hiring Institutions

  • Large circulation newspapers
  • Local newspapers
  • Wire services
  • Trade newspapers
  • Online publishers
  • Colleges and Schools
  • Community Organizations
  • Government Agencies
  • Sales
  • Foreign Service
  • Market Research Firms
  • Public Relations Agencies
  • Media
  • Labor Unions
  • Educational Journals
  • Corporate Publications
  • Federal Communications Commission

Personal Attributes


Career Paths of Recent Graduates

Related Websites

Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication
Magazine Publishers of America
American Society of Journalists and Authors