Writing Careers

Earning the MS in Professional Writing can open the doors to job opportunities, interesting writing projects, flexible work schedules, and a career that you love.

For the last 2 years, 100% of MS in Professional Writing graduates reported being employed within six months of graduation.

Graduates of the MS in Professional Writing go on to writing careers across industries in positions that include:

  • Technical Writers
  • Content Strategists
  • UX Writers
  • Copywriters
  • Marketing Writers
  • Social Media Managers
  • Medical Writers
  • Grant Writers
  • Financial Writers
  • Research Associates
  • Presentation Specialists
  • Communications Consultants
  • Freelance Writers

In 2022, the most profitable freelance writing niches include SEO/content strategy, white papers, long-form blog content, sales pages, video scripts, and company finance/annual reports.

Internship or Directed Study

Students can select a professional Internship or a mock-freelance directed study as part of their required course work. Both opportunities provide hands-on learning experience that prepares you for what to expect when writing in a professional capacity—from anticipating client expectations, to writing to spec, to meeting critical deadlines.


Company websites, online publications, and digital services are growing in number, sophistication, and readership. This has increased the demand for professional writers who can create timely, relevant and accurate copy across traditional media, digital media, and multimedia.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the rapid move to remote business operation and engagement across sectors (work, entertainment, social) increased the need for effective communication strategies and the ability to write copy and content that is creative, compelling, and clear.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an average of 151,500 new jobs or +14% growth from 2020 to 2030 for occupations in media and communications and even higher predicted growth rates for some of the in-demand writing related job titles above. In full-time writing positions, part-time jobs, and freelance writing careers, professional writers produce strategic copy for companies and clients in ways that leverage new and emerging technologies to reach target audiences.

As part of the NYU School of Professional Studies, MS in Professional Writing students and alumni are connected to an international network of peers and professionals. The NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development at NYU SPS partners with the MS in Professional Writing on career initiatives and supports students and alumni seeking advancement.