Graduate Salary
2-4 years
Avg Length

Screenwriting Requirements

Screenplay writers create the plot, characters and dialogue in a motion picture. While some screenplay writers may focus their work on creating original stories, others may prefer to use their talents to adapt books or plays into film scripts.

Like authors and playwrights, screenplay writers don't have to meet specific academic requirements to work, but earning at least a bachelor's degree will provide aspiring screenplay writers with an opportunity to learn from experienced professors and develop a writing process. Few programs offer degrees specifically in screenwriting. However, individuals can choose between creative writing and film production programs.

Screenwriting Careers

The career trajectory of people with a Screenwriting degree appears to be focused around a few careers. The most common career that users with Screenwriting degrees have experience in is Filmmaker, followed by Film Director, Television Writer, Camera Operator, Film and Video Editor, Producer, Actor, Cinematographer, Pharmacist, and Author.

Career % of graduates % of population Multiple
Filmmaker 9.5% 0.2% 44.4×
Film Director 7.1% 0.1% 59.0×
Television Writer 3.9% 0.0% 114.5×
Camera Operator 2.3% 0.1% 22.2×
Film and Video Editor 5.3% 0.3% 20.4×
Producer 2.9% 0.3% 11.0×
Actor 4.3% 0.5% 8.9×
Cinematographer 0.6% 0.0% 29.2×
Pharmacist NA NA NA
Author 5.5% 0.5% 11.3×

Screenwriting Salary

Screenwriting graduates earn on average $k, putting them in the bottom percentile of earners with a degree.

Percentile Earnings after graduation ($1000s USD)
25th (bottom earners) -
Median (average earners) -
75th (top earners) -

Screenwriting Underemployment

Screenwriting graduates are highly employed compared to other graduates. We have collected data on three types of underemployment. Part-time refers to work that is less than 30 hours per week. Non-college refers to work that does not require a college degree. Low-paying includes a list of low-wage service jobs such as janitorial work, serving, or dishwashing.

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