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What is it like to be a Writer?

Creative and professional writers are passionate wordsmiths with a love for language. They have a unique ability to stimulate our imaginations, educate us and hold our interest through words. Writers can work in a range of different areas including as freelance novelists, non-fiction writers, playwrights, screenwriters, poets or short story writers, in the fields of publishing and editing, technical writing, copywriting, social media management, speechwriting, print or online journalism, video game writing.

For more information about a career as a Writer, visit the Job Outlook website. 

Employment level (thousands)

This data shows historical and projected employment levels (thousands) for this occupation. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey.

Average weekly total cash earnings (before tax)
This data shows median weekly cash earnings for the occupation, before tax and not including superannuation. These figures are indicative and cannot be used to determine a particular wage rate. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report.

Is it right for me?

As a writer you’ll be passionate about expressing your ideas and thoughts, and will have a love for telling stories through words. You’ll have:

  • Imaginative, creative and engaging writing skills
  • The skills to write quickly and accurately to meet deadlines
  • Research and communication skills
  • The ability to handle criticism
  • An ability to work both independently and as part of a team

To become a Writer

To be able to become a Writer, your study options will change based on your previous study experience or your preferred study pathway:

Professional accreditation

Professional accreditation for the Bachelor of Arts is currently being re-accredited and is as a consequence likely to undergo some changes.


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