Authors produce literary or other written work for publication or performance.

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

You can work as an Author without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Authors often have university qualifications.

Tasks

  • Creates and develops ideas and themes for written works, such as novels, plays, musicals, screen productions, educational texts, information texts and multimedia products.
  • Researches subject matter through original and secondary materials, interviews and other media.
  • Plans, organises and writes material.

More about Authors, and Book and Script Editors

All Authors, and Book and Script Editors

  • $1,600 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Authors

  • 3,300 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 50% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 46 hours Average full-time
  • 47 years Average age
  • 62% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Authors (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 2,600 in 2011 to 3,300 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Authors work in many parts of Australia. New South Wales has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Arts and Recreation Services; Information Media and Telecommunications; and Education and Training.
  • Full-time: Around half work full-time (50%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 46 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 47 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (58%).
  • Gender: 62% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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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)
Arts and Recreation Services57.3
Information Media and Telecommunications19.3
Education and Training5.6
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services5.3
Other Industries12.5

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateAuthorsAll Jobs Average
NSW38.931.6
VIC28.425.6
QLD16.620.0
SA4.37.0
WA6.110.8
TAS2.52.0
NT0.51.0
ACT2.61.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketAuthorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.7-5.05.0
20-243.1-9.39.3
25-3416.2-22.922.9
35-4422.6-22.022.0
45-5423.9-21.621.6
55-5910.2-9.09.0
60-647.8-6.06.0
65 and Over15.6-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, 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 QualificationAuthorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate29.6-10.110.1
Bachelor degree42.7-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma9.1-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV3.9-21.121.1
Year 1210.9-18.118.1
Year 111.2-4.84.8
Year 10 and below2.5-12.512.5

You can work as an Author without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Authors often have university qualifications.

Membership with the Australian Society of Authors or Australian Writers' Guild may be useful.

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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  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
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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.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. English Language

    85% Skill level

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

  2. Communications and Media

    83% Skill level

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

  3. Fine Arts

    68% Skill level

    Compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

  4. Sales and Marketing

    63% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  5. Philosophy and Theology

    61% Skill level

    Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 27-3043.05 - Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers.

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Demands

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

  1. Freedom to Make Decisions

    99% Important

    How much freedom do you have to make decision on your own?

  2. Level of Competition

    96% Important

    To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?

  3. Structured versus Unstructured Work

    96% Important

    How much freedom do you have to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals?

  4. Spend Time Sitting

    89% Important

    How much time do you spend sitting?

  5. Electronic Mail

    88% Important

    How often do you use electronic mail?

Occupational Information Network
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, 27-3043.05 - Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers.

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