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Authors, writers and translators

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.


Median Salary

New workers start around £23,035. Normal pay is £31,912 per year. Highly experienced workers can earn up to £53,107.

Daily Tasks

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

Skills employers are asking for

  • Writing
  • Active Listening
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Speaking
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Mathematics
  • Science

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