Screen Writer

Occupation Information table
Overview: Screen writers author scripts for motion pictures and television. They select their topics and themes based on assignments they receive from the TV or movie producer or sometimes on their own personal interest. May adapt books or plays into scripts. They may produce TV commercials.
Duties: They creatively author scripts for actors for motion pictures and TV based on themes intending to produce viewer moods, such as suspense, humor, sadness, mystery, etc.

They review the proposed plot outline with the movie or TV show producers or directors. They modify the proposed plot based on feedback from these executives.

They may select themes for scripts based on personal interest or as an assignment from the producer or director. They conduct research to obtain accurate factual background information.

They may adopt his/her script from a book and confer with the author to better understand the sub-plots and intent. They revise scripts based on feedback from critics and executives.

Degree(s): A.A.S. Music Production 
A.S. Theatre: Concentrations in Acting or Technical Theatre 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is projected to grow 2% to 4% from 2018 to 2028, which is slightly slower than the average projected growth for all occupations.
Salary Range (National Average): $28,000 to $32,000
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: Most employers prefer to hire screen writers with a bachelor's degree in communications, journalism or English and with a broad liberal arts background. For those who deal with technically specialized topics, a background in that field--history, business, politics, etc. is essential.
Recommended Skills:
  • Painting, drawing, crafting, sculpting and creative designing.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Persuading and influencing others to change their attitudes, behavior, and/or opinions.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.