Search Google Appliance

What Can I do With a Master's Degree in Writing?

Quick Links for this page:

People with a master's degree in writing may find employment in a variety of areas depending on their skills and experience. Some graduates may choose to work in writing-related fields including journalism, technical writing, publishing, public relations, and advertising. Others may choose careers where writing is only a portion of their job duties. Career-related internships or part-time jobs are often a prerequisite to finding professional-level employment after graduation.

Return to the top

Ideas for Careers and/or Places of Employment

The following list of employers and job titles was derived from Advising & Career Services' jobs database where writing was identified as the job's function. This list does not reflect all potential places of employment or kinds of jobs. This list does not reflect current openings.

Return to the top

Additional Ideas

The following list was generated from a variety of sources  (IndeedSimplyHired, among others) using these search terms: technical writer, writer, editor, copywriter, communications, jobs, Portland Oregon.

Return to the top

Government Classification Specifications

Classification Specifications are generic descriptions of jobs in government agencies. Generally, they provide an overview of the job and describe essential duties and responsibilities as well as requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) and educational requirements. Classification specifications can be useful in identifying organizations that hire people for jobs that require writing.

Advising & Career Services' Resources 

  • 100 Jobs in Words by Scott A. Meyer
  • Writer's Market: Where & How to Sell What You Write published by Writer's Digest Books
  • Career Opportunities in the Publishing Industry: A Guide to Careers in Newspapers, Magazines, and Books by Fred Yager and Jan Yager
  • Career Opportunities for Writers, fourth edition by Rosemary Ellen Guiley and Janet Frick
  • Careers for Bookworms & Other Literary Types by Marjorie Eberts and Margaret Gisler
  • Careers for Writers & Others Who Have a Way with Words by Robert W. Bly
  • Making Money in Technical Writing by Peter Kent
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Opportunities in Fund-Raising Careers by Mark Rowh
  • Opportunities in Publishing Careers by Robert A. Carter and S. William Pattis
  • Real People Working in Communications by Jan Goldberg
  • Top Careers for Communications Graduates by Facts on File, Inc.
  • A Guide to Professional Development for Graduate Students in English by Cindy Moore and Hildy Miller
  • Careers in Focus: Public Relations

Return to the top

Sites with Career-Related Information for Master's Degree in Writing

Return to the top

Vocational Biographies

Vocational Biographies describes the career success stories of 1001 real people. Search by career title, keyword, topic, and career cluster. Username: portland su and pass code: 3w9n

  • Action Line Columnist
  • Abstractor/Editor
  • Archivist
  • Art Critic
  • Assistant City Editor
  • Book Editor
  • Communications Director
  • Copy Editor
  • Editorial Assistant
  • Fashion Columnist
  • Freelance Writer
  • Magazine Publisher
  • Newspaper Columnist
  • Newspaper Photographer
  • Press Secretary
  • Public Information Officer
  • Public Relations Account Executive
  • Technical Writer
  • Travel and Outdoor Writer
  • Travel Writer
  • University Media Relations Director
  • Web Site Designer

Return to the top

Professional Associations

Professional associations, whether they are national, regional, or local, are a great way to network with professionals in your field. These associations may post jobs, organize special interest groups, host conferences, and organize educational, social, or other networking events.

Return to the top

Additional Resources for Identifying Potential Places of Employment

  • Book of Lists - From the Portland Business Journal. Available in the Career Center Library. Lists include: Top 25 Engineering Firms, Top 25 Environmental Consulting Firms, Top 50 Technology and software Companies, Fastest-Growing Technology and Software Companies, Top 25 Bioscience and Medical Technology Companies, Top 50 Marketing Firms. These are not current openings. The organizations listed represent potential venues for employment because these organizations may hire technical writers.
  • ReferenceUSA - "ReferenceUSA is "an Internet-based reference service from the Library Division of infoUSA." Search by company type (book publishing, software publishing, etc. by SIC or NAICS numbers) and location. Look up North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) number. Look up Standard Industry Classification (SIC) number.

Graduate Writing Program - Portland State University

Return to the top