Diet and Fitness Writers


Overview

Diet and Fitness Writers

Introduction

Diet and fitness writers express, edit, promote, and interpret ideas and facts about nutrition and exercise in written form for books, magazines, Web sites, trade journals, newspapers, technical studies and reports, and company newsletters.

These writers may report on their own experiences, or they may write about the diet or sports activities of others. Some diet and fitness writers create articles or full books on new dieting methods or exercise forms to persuade the general public to adopt the dieting or fitness trend.

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Median Salary

$62,170

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Employment Prospects

Fair

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Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma


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Experience

Internship


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Skills

Coaching/Physical Training


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Personality Traits

Athletic

Earnings

In May 2018, median annual earnings for all writers and authors were $62,170 a year, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The lowest paid 10 percent earned less than $31,700, while the highest paid 10 percent earned $121,670 or more. Writers who worked for newspaper, periodical, book, and directory publishers earned mean annual salaries of $59,290.

In addition to their salaries, ma...

Work Environment

Working conditions vary for writers. Although full-time writers typically work 35 to 40 hours a week, many writers work overtime. A health or fitness publication that is published frequently has more deadlines closer together, creating greater pressures to meet them. The work is especially hectic at newspapers and broadcasting companies, which operate seven days a week. These specialized writer...

Outlook

Little or no change in employment is expected for writers from 2018 to 2028, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The competition for writing jobs with newspapers, periodicals, book publishers, and nonprofit organizations is expected to be intense. The continued growth of online publishing will provide demand for writers; those with social media skills will have an advantage as a result.