The Office of Career Services
Library Building, Room 429 & 430
222-05 56th Avenue
Bayside, NY 11364
Phone: (718) 631-6297
|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
|Job Outlook:||Employment for screen writers is expected to grow slightly faster than average through 2018. More films will be needed to meet consumer demand for videos, DVDs, and Internet as well as in movie theaters. There will be keen competition for screen writers as there are more people interested than jobs available.|
|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.|
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.