Authors and writers

Authors and writers

NOC
5121

Plan, research and write books, scripts, essays, speeches, manuals, specifications and other non-journalistic articles for publication or presentation.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Fair
Fair

3 Year Job Openings

39
 

Median Hourly Wage

$25.64
$18.04
Low
$38.97
High

Median Salary

$15,015
 

Typically Required

University

Employed

354
 

% Working Full Time

65%
 

% Working Full Year

62%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

Authors and writers plan, research and write books, scripts, storyboards, plays, essays, speeches, manuals, specifications and other non-journalistic articles for publication or presentation. They are employed by advertising agencies, governments, large corporations, private consulting firms, publishing firms, multimedia/new-media companies and other establishments, or they may be self-employed.

Main Duties

The following is a summary of the main duties of some occupations in this unit group:
Novelists, playwrights, script writers, poets and other creative writers

  • Conceive and write novels, plays, scripts, poetry and other material for publication or presentation
  • May conduct research to establish factual content and to obtain other necessary information.

Technical writers

  • Analyze material, such as specifications, notes and drawings and write manuals, user guides and other documents to explain clearly and concisely the installation, operation and maintenance of software and electronic, mechanical and other equipment.

Copywriters

  • Study and determine selling features of products and services and write text for advertisements and commercials.

Authors and writers may specialize in a particular subject or type of writing.

Also Known As

  • advertising copywriter
  • copywriter
  • essayist
  • interactive media writer
  • literary writer
  • medical writer
  • novelist
  • playwright
  • poet
  • scientific writer
  • script writer
  • specifications writer
  • speech writer
  • technical writer
  • writer
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • Technical writers usually require a university degree in the area of specialization, such as computer science or engineering.
  • Copywriters usually require a university degree or college diploma in French, English, marketing, advertising or another discipline.
  • Creative writing programs are offered by universities and colleges.
  • Talent and ability, as demonstrated by a portfolio of work, are important hiring criteria.
  • Membership in a guild or union related to the occupation may be required.

Provincial Regulation

Not Provincially Regulated

Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

Data legend

61.7%
Female
38.3%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

Data legend

6.7%
15-24
13.3%
25-34
25.0%
35-44
23.3%
45-54
16.7%
55-64
15.0%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

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0.0%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
15.3%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
0.0%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
27.1%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
57.6%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

Data legend

33.3%
Arts, entertainment and recreation
25.0%
Professional, scientific and technical services
15.0%
Information and cultural industries
26.7%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

Data legend

6.70%
Northeast
30.00%
Southeast
18.30%
Southwest
40.00%
Central
5.00%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Data legend

N/A
Northeast
$14,297
Southeast
$13,888
Southwest
$40,679
Central
N/A
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

No Data Available
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$15,015

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$46,654

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$15,015

Newfoundland

$25,116

Prince Edward Island

$34,120

Nova Scotia

$19,658

Canada

$28,373
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

39
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

1
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

38
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

134
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

11
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

123