Writers and Authors (27-3043)

Occupation description:  Originate and prepare written material, such as scripts, stories, advertisements, and other material. Excludes Public Relations Specialists (27-3031) and Technical Writers (27-3042).

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 3535 0.00 11
United States 136,500139,700 2.3310 2,2902,610

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with low employment opportunities. Read more.

2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 34.5814.1220.73 29.4440.1557.04
Alaska 35.8620.1926.18 33.7146.5657.19
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 38.5318.2826.20 37.3253.9859.51
Balance of State 31.2321.8425.53 30.2637.0543.37

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
483 6.343.5 26.1
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation9
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation4
UI claimants previously working in occupation3
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 129
Number of job position postings 1
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 129.0

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: Bachelor’s degree Work experience: None On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training

Training Resources

Conscious Solutions   (Anchorage)
Conflict Prevention and Business Communication
From Propects to Customers - 5 Keys to Accelerate Business Growth
Team Building & Efficiency

North Star Computing   (Fairbanks)
Advanced Business Writing

Partners for Progress in Delta, Inc   (Delta Junction)
Academic Writing About Literature
Academic Writing About Science and Nature
Intro to Academic Writing

University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Creative Writing MFA
Creative Writing & Literary Arts MFA
Journalism & Public Communication BA

University of Alaska Fairbanks   (Fairbanks)
Communication BA
Creative Writing MA
Creative Writing & Literary Arts MFA
Journalism BA
Professional Communication MA

University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau   (Juneau)
Communication BLA