Journalists and Other Writers research and compile news stories, write and edit news reports, commentaries and feature stories for presentation in print and electronic media, and compose written material to advertise goods and services.

    You usually need a formal qualification in a related field to work as a Journalist or Other Writer. Journalists and Other Writers often have university qualifications.

    Tasks

    • determining advertising approach by consulting clients and management, and studying products to establish principal selling features
    • writing advertisements for press, radio, television, cinema screens, billboards, catalogues and shop displays
    • making decisions about the specific content of publications in conjunction with other senior editors and in accordance with editorial policies and guidelines
    • reviewing copy for publication to ensure conformity with accepted rules of grammar, style and format, coherence of story, and accuracy, legality and probity of content
    • collecting and analysing facts about newsworthy events from interviews, printed matter, investigations and observations
    • writing news reports, commentaries, articles and feature stories for newspapers, magazines, journals, television and radio on topics of public interest
    • researching and writing technical, information-based material and documentation for manuals, text books, handbooks and multimedia products
    • critically discussing daily news topics in the editorial columns of newspapers and reviewing books, films and plays

    All Journalists and Other Writers

    • $1,576 Weekly Pay
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 23,600 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 68% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 44 hours Average full-time
    • 39 years Average age
    • 56% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Journalists and Other Writers (in their main job) is about the same as 5 years ago and is expected to stay about the same over the next 5 years:
    from 23,600 in 2018 to 23,900 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 12,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 2,400 a year).

    • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Journalists and Other Writers work in many parts of Australia. New South Wales has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Information Media and Telecommunications; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Arts and Recreation Services.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,576 per week (similar to the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (68%, similar to the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 39 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 56% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    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
    200819800
    200922500
    201024400
    201121300
    201230500
    201323300
    201425000
    201522600
    201625200
    201726200
    201823600
    202323900

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
    EarningsJournalists and Other WritersAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings15761460

    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Information Media and Telecommunications52.0
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services13.7
    Arts and Recreation Services10.9
    Public Administration and Safety4.5
    Other Industries18.9

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateJournalists and Other WritersAll Jobs Average
    NSW42.031.6
    VIC25.425.6
    QLD14.820.0
    SA4.97.0
    WA7.310.8
    TAS1.72.0
    NT0.61.0
    ACT3.31.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketJournalists and Other WritersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.7-5.05.0
    20-249.1-9.39.3
    25-3429.1-22.922.9
    35-4423.5-22.022.0
    45-5419.6-21.621.6
    55-597.6-9.09.0
    60-645.2-6.06.0
    65 and Over5.2-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationJournalists and Other WritersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate18.5-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree52.4-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma7.9-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV4.2-21.121.1
    Year 1214.3-18.118.1
    Year 111.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below1.6-12.512.5

    You usually need a formal qualification in a related field to work as a Journalist or Other Writer. Journalists and Other Writers often have university qualifications.

    Thinking about study or training?

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

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    Employers look for Journalists and Writers who are literate and can interact well with others.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. English language

      79% Skill level

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

    2. Communications and media

      79% Skill level

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

    3. Geography

      62% Skill level

      Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

    4. Sociology and anthropology

      54% Skill level

      Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

    5. History and archeology

      53% Skill level

      Events of the past, their causes, how we learn about them, and how they influence the way we live today.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Time pressure

      100% Important

      Work to strict deadlines.

    2. Electronic mail

      99% Important

      Use electronic mail.

    3. Telephone

      99% Important

      Talk on the telephone.

    4. Contact with people

      94% Important

      Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

    5. Face-to-face discussions

      93% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

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