Submitting pitches to publications, and writing articles on “spec” (for free), and writing for the college newspaper are three great ways to gain experience and familiarity with the publishing industry.
It’s a unique occupation, as a majority of writers are self-employed (approximately two-thirds), according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Along with superior writing skills, it often falls upon writers to do exhaustive research when writing, so they must have superior research skills as well.
In their role, they may work across genres, from nonfiction to poetry, fiction to satire.
In a business environment, writers may work as copywriters, technical writers, blog and feature writers, and as editors.