Authors, and Book and Script Editors write, edit and evaluate literary works for publication and scripts for film, television, radio and stage productions.

A Bachelor Degree or higher, or at least 5 years of relevant experience is usually needed. High levels of creative talent or personal commitment and interest are also important.

Tasks

  • creating and developing ideas and themes for written works, such as novels, plays, musicals, screen productions, educational texts, information texts and multimedia products
  • researching subject matter through original and secondary materials, interviews and other media
  • planning, organising and writing material
  • reviewing and evaluating manuscripts of novels, biographies, short stories, poems, educational texts and other books, and ensuring coherence of style and development of theme, plot and characterisation
  • advising publishers about potential of works for publication and conditions of publication contract
  • negotiating publication details such as royalties, publication dates and numbers of copies to be printed
  • reviewing and assessing stories and other material for film, television, radio and stage productions
  • directing the preparation of scripts to be read by announcers to introduce and connect parts of musicals, news, sports and special events programs

Job Titles

  • Author
  • Book or Script Editor
  • Author

    Produces literary or other written work for publication or performance.

    Specialisations: Novelist, Playwright, Poet, Screenwriter, Script Writer

  • Book or Script Editor

    Evaluates manuscripts of books or scripts to determine suitability for publication or production, and edits and supervises material in preparation for publication or for production on film, television, radio or stage.

    Specialisations: Script Coordinator

Fast Facts

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • 7,500 workers Employment Size
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 41.1% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • Unavailable Average full-time
  • 44 years Average age
  • 70.4% female Gender Share

The number of Authors, and Book and Script Editors grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years:
from 7,500 in 2018 to 8,600 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 5,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 1,000 a year).

  • Size: This is a small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2017.
  • Location: Authors, and Book and Script Editors work in many regions of Australia. Many work in New South Wales.
  • Industries: Most work in Arts and Recreation Services; Information Media and Telecommunications; and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
  • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (41.1%, fewer than the all jobs average of 68.4%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Age: The average age is 44 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 70.4% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
YearNumber of Workers
20085100
20094500
20108600
20115500
20129600
20135500
20149900
20154600
20166200
20178100
20187500
20238600

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Arts and Recreation Services64.1
Information Media and Telecommunications15.1
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services11.3
Public Administration and Safety4.8
Other Industries4.7

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateAuthors, and Book and Script EditorsAll Jobs Average
NSW44.331.6
VIC31.126.2
QLD12.819.7
SA4.56.7
WA1.210.8
TAS1.12.0
NT0.21.1
ACT4.71.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketAuthors, and Book and Script EditorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.25.2
20-245.6-9.99.9
25-3413.6-23.623.6
35-4433.0-21.721.7
45-5420.0-20.820.8
55-592.8-8.88.8
60-647.9-6.06.0
65 and Over17.1-4.04.0

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationAuthors, and Book and Script EditorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate26.3-8.68.6
Bachelor degree73.7-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma0-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV0-18.918.9
Year 120-18.718.7
Years 11 & 100-17.717.7
Below Year 100-8.18.1

A Bachelor Degree or higher, or at least 5 years of relevant experience is usually needed. High levels of creative talent or personal commitment and interest are also important.

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Employers look for Authors, and Book and Script Editors who have strong attention to detail, can communicate clearly and are organised.

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. English Language

    98% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  2. Communications and Media

    94% Important

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  3. Computers and Electronics

    68% Important

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  4. Clerical

    58% Important

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  5. Education and Training

    57% Important

    Teaching and course design.

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Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Getting Information

    95% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  2. Interacting With Computers

    95% Important

    Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  3. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    88% Important

    Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

  4. Thinking Creatively

    86% Important

    Using your own ideas to developing, designing, or creating something new.

  5. Building Good Relationships

    86% Important

    Building and keeping constructive and cooperative working relationships with others.

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The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 27-3041.00 - Editors.

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