£17,160 Average salary at age 20
£35,360 Average Salary
33 Average hours per week


Job holders in this unit group write, edit and evaluate literary material for publication excluding material for newspapers, magazines and other periodicals but including scripts and narrative for film, TV, radio and computer games and animations; and translate spoken and written statements into different languages.

Main Tasks

  • Determines subject matter and researches as necessary by interviewing, attending public events, seeking out records, observing etc.;
  • Generates and develops creative ideas for literary material;
  • Selects material for publication, checks style, grammar and accuracy of content, arranges for any necessary revisions and checks proof copies before printing;
  • Negotiates contracts with freelance agents and with buyer on behalf of writer;
  • Writes instruction manuals and user guides, technical reports, catalogues and indexes, prepares sales literature and writes technical articles for trade journals;
  • Converts documents or spoken statements from original or source language into another language;
  • Provides communication support for the hard of hearing or the visually impaired.


Entry is possible with a variety of academic qualifications and/or relevant experience. Postgraduate and professional qualifications are available and are required for some occupations.

What Authors, writers and translators studied in higher education

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What Authors, writers and translators studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(C9) Others in biological sciences1
(Q0) Broadly-based programmes within languages1
(W2) Design studies2
(L3) Sociology1
(T2) Japanese studies1
(C1) Biology2
(Q9) Others in linguistics, classics & related subjects11
(F1) Chemistry1
(C8) Psychology1
(R2) German studies1
(W1) Fine art1
(P4) Publishing2
(V3) History by topic2
(W3) Music1
(W8) Imaginative writing6
(R9) Others in European languages, literature & related subjects2
(W6) Cinematics & photography2
(A3) Clinical medicine1
(C7) Molecular biology, biophysics & biochemistry1
(Q3) English studies17
(L2) Politics2
(R3) Italian studies1
(R4) Spanish studies2
(R1) French studies2
(N5) Marketing2
(W4) Drama1
(M1) Law by area1
(M2) Law by topic1
(B1) Anatomy, physiology & pathology1
(P5) Journalism7
(V5) Philosophy1
(Q2) Comparative literary studies1
(Q1) Linguistics2
(T7) American studies1
(W9) Others in creative arts & design1
(N1) Business studies1
(X1) Training teachers1
(R8) European studies1
(P3) Media studies3
(N2) Management studies1
(V1) History by period3
(L6) Anthropology1
(I1) Computer science1

UK Prospects

100000 Workforce Size
0.51% Predicted growth 2024 - 2027
10977 Predicted Replacement 2024 - 2027

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