Authors and Writers

(NOC 5121)


People in this occupation have different educational requirements, depending on their specialization. Most recent entrants have a university degree; others have some other post-secondary qualification. Technical writers usually require a university degree in an area of specialization such as computer science or engineering. Copywriters usually require a university degree or college diploma in English, French, marketing or another discipline. Creative writers may take creative writing programs offered by universities and colleges. Most people in this occupation require talent and ability, as demonstrated by a portfolio of work, in order to be hired.

Degrees Associated with This Career

High School Diploma

Useful Experience/Skills


Useful Secondary School Subjects

English (Composition)
Family Studies
Computer-related courses

Brock University
St. Catharines, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
English Language and Creative Writing Bachelor; Honours
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Algonquin College
Ottawa, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Professional Writing Diploma
Scriptwriting Post-diploma
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University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
English Bachelor; Honours; Online
English Bachelor; Co-op; Honours
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University of Regina
Regina, Saskatchewan, CA

Related Program(s):
Creative Writing (English) Bachelor
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Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
Toronto, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Comedy: Writing and Performance Diploma
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Modified on July 16, 2012