6 High-Paying Careers for Creative Writers

Provided by Columbia College Chicago Online

When people think of creative writing, a high-income career is probably the last thing that comes to mind. But for writers who are truly creative, there is no shortage of lucrative opportunities.

There has always been a need for people who can write efficiently and communicate clearly, but the demand has been recently skyrocketing. According to Recruiter, the job prospects for writers will increase a whopping 40.59 percent over the next few years. This means that your ability to write pitch-perfect descriptions and convey information concisely could translate to huge opportunities.
Here are six careers where you can put your creative writing to work (and make money while doing it).

1. Advertising Copywriter
Average salary: $50,700

The best ad copywriters are masters of style, rhetoric and audience-specific vocabulary. You must get to know the target audience, research the content and craft a message that emotionally impacts the customer. This takes skills in word association, tone, voice and rhythm.

2. Content Strategist
Average salary: $60,000

The heart of any effective marketing strategy is the ability to understand customers and know how to incite them to action. Companies rely on targeted, engaging content to drive customers to their sites. Search engines like Google analyze the quality of a site’s content to determine whether to promote or penalize its search rankings. As a content strategist, you’ll determine the most effective content.

3. Public Relations Specialist
Average salary: $46,700

If you like a balance of human interaction, desk time and even fun parties, PR could be a great fit. PR writing includes everything from writing speeches and press releases to writing eye-catching social media posts that inspire people to come to events and engage with your company.

4. UX Designer
Average salary: $72,500

You won’t spend all of your time on writing as a UX designer, but you will get the chance to communicate with customers via a combination of UI design, words and visuals. You’ll also spend some time writing user personas, which require both creativity and specificity.

5. Virtual Reality Producer/Content Developer
Average salary: $150,000

The gaming and virtual reality industry has a growing need for people who can effectively build worlds through engaging storytelling. As a VR writer, you’re not just writing a linear script. The story can go in many different directions based on the user’s interaction with the world. This means you get to have fun imagining and writing multiple storylines.

6. Technical Writer
Average salary: $58,000

If you enjoy creative problem solving, research and learning new material, technical writing could be the path for you. Because technical writing is user-focused, your challenge will be to take technical content and make it as simple and readable as you can without sacrificing complexity.

There has never been a better time to explore new skills in creative writing. Columbia Online offers two exciting courses and a Professional Certificate that will help you establish a writing practice and develop in-demand rhetorical skills.

Creative Writing and Storytelling Essentials will expose you to new genres as you develop your style, technique and voice. Creative Storytelling Featuring Ray Bradbury gives you practical storytelling skills taught through the lens of renowned author, Ray Bradbury. These 8-week courses are taught by Bradbury’s official biographer, giving you the chance to work one-on-one with an award-winning published author.

For those who want to take their storytelling to new worlds and industries, enroll in our Immersive Storytelling and Content Development Professional Certificate where you’ll develop skills in creative writing, storytelling, scripting in linear and non-linear and writing immersive augmented and virtual reality environments. Learn more at http://online.colum.edu/

Columbia College Chicago Online is on a mission to deliver engaging online curriculum to lifelong learners anywhere in the world. We provide exceptional educational experiences led by experts in emerging industries like AR/VR, app design, creative writing, ASL and more.
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