ANZSCO 2124

Journalists and Other Writers

EMPLOYED

25,500

PART-TIME SHARE

27%

FEMALE SHARE

55%

MEDIAN WEEKLY EARNINGS

$1,842

MEDIAN AGE

41

ANNUAL EMPLOYMENT GROWTH

600

Journalists and Other Writers research and compile news stories, write and edit news reports, commentaries and feature stories for presentation in print and electronic media, and compose written material to advertise goods and services.

  • Determining advertising approach by consulting clients and management, and studying products to establish principal selling features
  • Writing advertisements for press, radio, television, cinema screens, billboards, catalogues and shop displays
  • Making decisions about the specific content of publications in conjunction with other senior editors and in accordance with editorial policies and guidelines
  • Reviewing copy for publication to ensure conformity with accepted rules of grammar, style and format, coherence of story, and accuracy, legality and probity of content
  • Collecting and analysing facts about newsworthy events from interviews, printed matter, investigations and observations
  • Writing news reports, commentaries, articles and feature stories for newspapers, magazines, journals, television and radio on topics of public interest
  • Researching and writing technical, information-based material and documentation for manuals, text books, handbooks and multimedia products
  • Critically discussing daily news topics in the editorial columns of newspapers and reviewing books, films and plays
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    Earnings and Hours

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)
    Source: Share of workers who work full-time hours: ABS, Labour Force Survey, 2023, four-quarter average, customised report.
    Average full-time hours worked per week: ABS, 2021 Census of Population and Housing based on place of usual residence.
    Median full-time earnings per week and Median hourly earnings: ABS, Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2023, customised report.
    Earnings and Hours Journalists and Other Writers All Occupations
    Share of workers who work full-time hours 73% 70%
    Average full-time hours worked per week 42 hours 44 hours
    Median full-time earnings per week $1,842 $1,697
    Median hourly earnings $49 $43

    Industries

    Journalists and Other Writers work in industries like:

    Source: Ranked using ABS, Labour Force Survey, 2023, four-quarter average data, custom report.
    Note: industries that comprise less than 5% of an occupation have been suppressed.

    States and territories

    New South Wales

    40.1%

    Victoria

    27.4%

    Queensland

    16.8%

    South Australia

    4.0%

    Tasmania

    1.6%

    Northern Territory

    0.6%

    Australian Capital Territory

    2.6%

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Detailed, May 2024, Jobs and Skills Australia trend data.

    Age and gender

    Age and Gender Profile
    Source: ABS, Labour Force Survey, 2023, four-quarter average, customised report.
    Age and Gender Journalists and Other Writers All Occupations
    Median age 41 years 39 years
    Female share of employment 55% 48%
    Source: ABS, 2021 Census of Population and Housing based on place of usual residence.
    Age Profile (% Share) All Occupations Journalists and Other Writers
    15–19 5.2 0.5
    20–24 9.1 7.5
    25–34 22.7 28.2
    35–44 22.3 24.1
    45–54 20.4 19.1
    55–59 8.8 7.9
    60–64 6.5 6.2
    65 and Over 4.9 6.5

    Education

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    Source: ABS, 2021 Census of Population and Housing based on place of usual residence.
    Highest Level of Educational Attainment (% Share) All Occupations Journalists and Other Writers
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate 12.2 21.5
    Bachelor degree 23.2 52.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma 11.1 7.0
    Certificate III/IV 19.5 3.9
    Year 12 15.9 10.1
    Year 11 4.0 0.7
    Year 10 and below 9.7 1.1

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    Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) is the skill-based classification system used to categorise occupations in the Australian and New Zealand labour markets. ANZSCO provides a basis for the standardised collection, analysis and dissemination of occupation data. Visit the ABS website to learn how ANZSCO works. Jobs and Skills Australia displays data for occupations that are defined by ANZSCO 2013 Version 1.3.