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Descriptions & Duties

  • Writers plan and originate written material, including books, scripts, stories, magazines, plays, essays, speeches, manuals and other written material, for publication or presentation. They are also responsible for attending book launches and publicity events if necessary

Generic Competencies

Physical Abilities

Physical abilities

  • Physical strength
  • Eye hand coordination / precision / dexterity


Importance:1 (Max:5) 

Skill is rarely required


Technology Skills

Technology skills

  • Computer literacy
  • Application of technology


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Cognitive Abilities

Cognitive abilities

  • Creativity
  • Visualisation
  • Logical thinking


Importance:5 (Max:5) 

Skill is required all the time


Comprehension And Expression

Comprehension and expression skills

  • Reading comprehension
  • Oral / written expression


Importance:5 (Max:5) 

Skill is required all the time


Social Skills

Social skills

  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Persuasion


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Organisation And Execution Skills

Organisation and execution skills

  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Judgement
  • Decision making


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Problem Solving Skills

Problem solving skills

  • Ability to solve simple and complex problems effectively and efficiently


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Management Skills

Management skills

  • Leadership
  • Management of finance / time / people / other resources


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Trade Specific Competencies


Writers must be able to develop new and interesting characters or ideas so they can come up with new stories.

Writing skills

Writers must be able to write effectively in order to convey feeling and emotion and communicate with readers.

General Requirements

Academic qualification

  • typically have a bachelor's degree in English, Chinese, journalism, or communication


  • usually require a few years of writing experience

Career Path & Salary

Private Sector

Monthly Salary $10,000-$30,000

Monthly Salary $20,000-$50,000

Monthly Salary $60,000-$110,000

Work Environment

  • Writers work in an office, at home, or wherever else they have access to a computer. They may set their own working hours, or work flexible hours. They must be willing to work evenings and weekends to produce their works to meet deadline.


  • Paper and pen

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