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Overview

All Authors, and Book and Script Editors

  • $1,600 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth

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

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

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

You usually need a bachelor degree in writing, literature or another related field and to work as an Author. Some Authors have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification and some do not have post-school 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.

Prospects

Pathways

You usually need a bachelor degree in writing, literature or another related field and to work as an Author. Some Authors have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification and some do not have post-school qualifications.

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Skills & Knowledge

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.

  6. Sociology and anthropology

    59% Skill level

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

  7. Clerical

    57% Skill level

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

  8. Psychology

    57% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  9. Computers and electronics

    51% Skill level

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

  10. History and archeology

    47% Skill level

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

  11. Law and government

    40% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  12. Geography

    40% 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.

  13. Foreign language

    37% Skill level

    Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.

  14. Customer and personal service

    36% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  15. Education and training

    33% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  16. Administration and management

    32% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  17. Economics and accounting

    27% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

  18. Production and processing

    24% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  19. Mathematics

    23% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  20. Telecommunications

    21% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Writing

    87% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  2. Reading comprehension

    70% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  3. Active listening

    61% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  4. Active learning

    57% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  5. Speaking

    55% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  6. Critical thinking

    54% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  7. Monitoring

    54% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  8. Complex problem solving

    52% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  9. Social perceptiveness

    52% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  10. Persuasion

    52% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  11. Judgment and decision making

    50% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  12. Negotiation

    45% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  13. Time management

    43% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  14. Coordination with others

    43% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  15. Learning strategies

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  16. Instructing

    39% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  17. Serving others

    34% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  18. Management of financial resources

    30% Skill level

    Figuring out how money is needed to do something, and keeping track of the money that's being spent.

  19. Systems analysis

    30% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  20. Operations analysis

    27% Skill level

    Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Written expression

    71% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  2. Originality

    66% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  3. Brainstorming

    61% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  4. Written comprehension

    61% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  5. Oral expression

    61% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  6. Oral comprehension

    59% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  7. Near vision

    57% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  8. Deductive reasoning

    57% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  9. Speech clarity

    57% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  10. Inductive reasoning

    54% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  11. Problem spotting

    54% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  12. Sorting or ordering

    52% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  13. Speech recognition

    50% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  14. Categorising

    48% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  15. Visualization

    46% Skill level

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  16. Finger dexterity

    43% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  17. Far vision

    41% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  18. Flexibility of closure

    41% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  19. Selective attention

    41% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  20. Speed of recognition

    39% Skill level

    Quickly make sense of and organize things you can see like letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

Activities

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

  1. Thinking creatively

    95% Skill level

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

  2. Planning and prioritising work

    71% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  3. Explaining things to people

    70% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  4. Building good relationships

    70% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  5. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    69% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  6. Researching and investigating

    68% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  7. Making decisions and solving problems

    67% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  8. Communicating with the public

    64% Skill level

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  9. Looking for changes over time

    64% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  10. Assessing and evaluating things

    63% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  11. Documenting or recording information

    62% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  12. Influencing people

    60% Skill level

    Convincing people to buy something or to change their minds or actions.

  13. Communicating within a team

    53% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  14. Monitoring people, processes and things

    51% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  15. Collecting and organising information

    50% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  16. Making sense of information and ideas

    50% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  17. Providing office support

    50% Skill level

    Doing day-to-day office work such as filing and processing paperwork.

  18. Scheduling work and activities

    50% Skill level

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  19. Coming up with systems and processes

    49% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.

  20. Working with computers

    44% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

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.

Work Environment

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.

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Demands

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

  1. Freedom to make decisions

    99% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  2. Competition

    96% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  3. Unstructured work

    96% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  4. Spend time sitting

    89% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  5. Electronic mail

    88% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  6. Making repetitive motions

    79% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  7. Telephone

    79% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  8. Being exact or accurate

    78% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  9. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    73% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  10. Impact of decisions

    70% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  11. Letters and memos

    68% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  12. Time pressure

    67% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  13. Repeating same tasks

    66% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  14. Indoors, heat controlled

    64% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  15. Contact with people

    61% Important

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

  16. Frequent decision making

    61% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  17. Face-to-face discussions

    59% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  18. Teamwork

    50% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  19. Public speaking

    49% Important

    Talk to a group of people.

  20. Contact with the public

    48% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Achievement

    86% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  2. Independence

    81% Important

    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.

  3. Recognition

    71% Important

    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.

  4. Working conditions

    69% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  5. Relationships

    38% Important

    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.

  6. Support

    29% Important

    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

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Creative

    100% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  2. Analytical

    71% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  3. Enterprising

    52% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  4. Helping

    33% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  5. Administrative

    29% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  6. Practical

    24% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

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.

All Authors, and Book and Script Editors

  • $1,600 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth

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

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

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

You usually need a bachelor degree in writing, literature or another related field and to work as an Author. Some Authors have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification and some do not have post-school 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.

You usually need a bachelor degree in writing, literature or another related field and to work as an Author. Some Authors have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification and some do not have post-school qualifications.

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

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.

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.

  6. Sociology and anthropology

    59% Skill level

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

  7. Clerical

    57% Skill level

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

  8. Psychology

    57% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  9. Computers and electronics

    51% Skill level

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

  10. History and archeology

    47% Skill level

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

  11. Law and government

    40% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  12. Geography

    40% 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.

  13. Foreign language

    37% Skill level

    Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.

  14. Customer and personal service

    36% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  15. Education and training

    33% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  16. Administration and management

    32% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  17. Economics and accounting

    27% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

  18. Production and processing

    24% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  19. Mathematics

    23% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  20. Telecommunications

    21% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Writing

    87% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  2. Reading comprehension

    70% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  3. Active listening

    61% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  4. Active learning

    57% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  5. Speaking

    55% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  6. Critical thinking

    54% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  7. Monitoring

    54% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  8. Complex problem solving

    52% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  9. Social perceptiveness

    52% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  10. Persuasion

    52% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  11. Judgment and decision making

    50% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  12. Negotiation

    45% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  13. Time management

    43% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  14. Coordination with others

    43% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  15. Learning strategies

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  16. Instructing

    39% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  17. Serving others

    34% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  18. Management of financial resources

    30% Skill level

    Figuring out how money is needed to do something, and keeping track of the money that's being spent.

  19. Systems analysis

    30% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  20. Operations analysis

    27% Skill level

    Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Written expression

    71% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  2. Originality

    66% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  3. Brainstorming

    61% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  4. Written comprehension

    61% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  5. Oral expression

    61% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  6. Oral comprehension

    59% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  7. Near vision

    57% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  8. Deductive reasoning

    57% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  9. Speech clarity

    57% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  10. Inductive reasoning

    54% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  11. Problem spotting

    54% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  12. Sorting or ordering

    52% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  13. Speech recognition

    50% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  14. Categorising

    48% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  15. Visualization

    46% Skill level

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  16. Finger dexterity

    43% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  17. Far vision

    41% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  18. Flexibility of closure

    41% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  19. Selective attention

    41% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  20. Speed of recognition

    39% Skill level

    Quickly make sense of and organize things you can see like letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

Activities

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

  1. Thinking creatively

    95% Skill level

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

  2. Planning and prioritising work

    71% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  3. Explaining things to people

    70% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  4. Building good relationships

    70% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  5. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    69% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  6. Researching and investigating

    68% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  7. Making decisions and solving problems

    67% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  8. Communicating with the public

    64% Skill level

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  9. Looking for changes over time

    64% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  10. Assessing and evaluating things

    63% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  11. Documenting or recording information

    62% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  12. Influencing people

    60% Skill level

    Convincing people to buy something or to change their minds or actions.

  13. Communicating within a team

    53% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  14. Monitoring people, processes and things

    51% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  15. Collecting and organising information

    50% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  16. Making sense of information and ideas

    50% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  17. Providing office support

    50% Skill level

    Doing day-to-day office work such as filing and processing paperwork.

  18. Scheduling work and activities

    50% Skill level

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  19. Coming up with systems and processes

    49% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.

  20. Working with computers

    44% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

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.

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.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

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

  1. Freedom to make decisions

    99% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  2. Competition

    96% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  3. Unstructured work

    96% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  4. Spend time sitting

    89% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  5. Electronic mail

    88% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  6. Making repetitive motions

    79% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  7. Telephone

    79% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  8. Being exact or accurate

    78% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  9. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    73% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  10. Impact of decisions

    70% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  11. Letters and memos

    68% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  12. Time pressure

    67% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  13. Repeating same tasks

    66% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  14. Indoors, heat controlled

    64% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  15. Contact with people

    61% Important

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

  16. Frequent decision making

    61% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  17. Face-to-face discussions

    59% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  18. Teamwork

    50% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  19. Public speaking

    49% Important

    Talk to a group of people.

  20. Contact with the public

    48% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Achievement

    86% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  2. Independence

    81% Important

    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.

  3. Recognition

    71% Important

    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.

  4. Working conditions

    69% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  5. Relationships

    38% Important

    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.

  6. Support

    29% Important

    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

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Creative

    100% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  2. Analytical

    71% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  3. Enterprising

    52% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  4. Helping

    33% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  5. Administrative

    29% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  6. Practical

    24% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

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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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