Careers in Writing & Editing considers the changing landscape of work opportunities for writers and editors, including freelance, remote, and contract work for writers and editors; photo and video editing; copyediting and proofreading; scriptwriting; assessment writing; grant writing; indexing; and more.
This volume begins with an overview of the “gig economy,” followed by 13 industry overviews that explore the options available in a range of environments and industries including Advertising and Marketing; Higher Education; Internet and Cyber Communications; Legal Services and Law Firms; Libraries and Archives; Motion Picture and Television; Museums and Cultural Institutions; Music; Philanthropic, Charitable, Religious, Civic, and Grant-Making; Public Elementary and Secondary Education; Publishing and Information; Theater and Performing Arts; Video, Computer, and Virtual Reality Games.
The next section in Careers in Writing & Editing details 27 Profiles in related occupations, including Advertising, Copywriters, Editors, Film and Video Editors, Journalists, Lawyers, Librarians, Radio and Television Broadcasters, and more.
Interesting enhancements, like “A Day in the Life of…”, and several charts and tables, add depth to the discussion. A highlight of each chapter is the Conversation With—a comprehensive interview with a professional in a related job. This section offers insight into specific areas of writing & editing such as editor, archivist, journalist, court reporter/stenographer, choreographer, communications, and more.
Each chapter begins with a Snapshot of the occupation that includes median pay, job outlook, typical entry-level education, number of jobs, on-the-job training, and employment change. This is followed by these major categories:
- Career Overview includes a description of the career in terms of its: duties, examples of titles of positions in that specific career, work environment and work schedules.
- How to Become…that explains how to begin and grow a career within a specific career profile by describing important qualities, education, licenses and certifications, and advancement opportunities.
- Similar Occupations lists specific jobs that are related in some way to the writing/editing career profiled.
- Job Outlook and Job Prospects describe current and anticipated rate of growth for a specific career and compares to other jobs in the area.
Additionally, this title includes back matter of:
- Appendix A: Guide to Holland Code. This discusses John Holland’s theory that people and work environments can be classified into six different groups: Realistic; Investigative; Artistic; Social; Enterprising; and Conventional.
- Appendix B: General Bibliography. This is a collection of suggested readings, organized into major categories.
- Appendix C: Web Resources. Online resources for education, certification, professional development, and networking can be found in this appendix.
- Subject Index: Includes people, concepts, technologies, terms, principles, and all specific occupations discussed in the occupational profile chapters.
This ongoing series serves as a stepping stone in understanding specific careers and provides a wealth of information on the education and training needed within each profession along with a look towards the future of the field with an informative employment outlook.