What kinds of writing would I be prepared to do?
Writing and editing, either for an employer or on a freelance basis. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics describes these professionals as follows: “Authors, writers and editors produce a wide variety of written materials in an increasing number of ways. They develop content using any number of multimedia formats that can be read, listened to, or viewed onscreen.” As a Writing major, you may write or edit either creative material or nonfiction.
If I choose not to pursue a “traditional” writing career, will a Writing major or minor still be useful?
Absolutely. Thousands of jobs in the U.S. focus on writing and editing abilities. The National Commission on Writing for America’s Families, Schools, and Colleges released a report in September 2004 titled “Writing: A Ticket to Work…Or a Ticket Out: A Survey of Business Leaders.” The report states that “good writing is taken as a given in today’s professional work. Writing is a ‘threshold skill’ for salaried employment and promotion. It is particularly important in services and in finance, insurance, and real estate . . . growing employment sectors that are likely to generate the most new jobs in the coming decade.”
Is this major for me?
Writing is—and always has been—a demanding and competitive career path. In spite of this, every university has a core of determined students with a talent for writing in its many forms, who can’t imagine doing anything else for a living. The Writing major and minor are designed for these students. Those who excel in writing careers are creative, inquisitive, and have acquired a broad range of knowledge. They are independent, self-motivated, and persistent. If you recognize yourself in this description, you’ve chosen an appropriate major.