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.
Earnings are median for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate, before tax, including amounts salary sacrificed. These figures are a guide only and should not be used to determine a wage rate.
Source: ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), Customised Report.
The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business estimates the likely change in number of workers over the next 5 years. Future growth is the likely percentage change, compared to all other occupations. Possible ratings are
A lower unemployment rate shows people who work in this job are less likely to be out of work than people who work in other jobs.
Employment size is the number of workers who do this as their main job.
Sources: ABS Labour Force Survey (custom trend) for 4-digit occupations (e.g., ANZSCO ID 1112) and 2016 Census for 6-digit occupations (e.g., ANZSCO ID 111211). As the figures come from different sources, the 6-digit figures may not sum to match the 4-digit totals.
Skill level ratings are based on the range and complexity of job tasks. In general, the higher the skill level, the more formal education and training, previous experience or on-the-job training needed to be good at the job. Entry level jobs often need no prior training or experience. Possible ratings are
Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).
Average full-time hours is the actual hours worked in this job per week, by people who work full-time hours in all of their jobs combined.
This is the average age of all workers in this job. See the Prospects page for the full age profile.
The number of people working as Journalists and Other Writers (in their main job) fell over 5 years:from 25,100 in 2014 to 19,700 in 2019.
Caution: The Australian jobs market is changing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These estimates do not take account of the impact of COVID-19. They may not reflect the current jobs market and should be used and interpreted with extreme caution.
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.
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Employers look for Journalists and Writers who are literate and can interact well with others.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.
Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
Events of the past, their causes, how we learn about them, and how they influence the way we live today.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Talking to others.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Reading work related information.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Communicate by speaking.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Write in a way that people can understand.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
Helping people to understand and use information.
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 27-3022.00 - Reporters and Correspondents.
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.
Work to strict deadlines.
Use electronic mail.
Talk on the telephone.
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
Talk with people face-to-face.
Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.