Career Planning Quiz: Should You Be a Writer? Take This Career Quiz First By Dawn Rosenberg McKay Updated November 10, 2016 Share Pin Email Career Planning Career Choices Basics Skills and Training Self-Assessment Job Search Tips Evaluating Job Offers Job Loss Workplace Tips Work Balance Labor Laws and Rights View All 1. Would you rather take tests or write papers? PhotoAlto/Odilon Dimier / PhotoAlto Agency RF Collections / Getty Images I would much rather write papers. I always get good grades on papers. I usually prefer writing papers and almost always do better on them. I prefer tests over papers but I occasionally do well on papers. I would much rather take tests. I never get good grades on papers. 2. If you come across a word you don't understand, what do you do? Hinterhaus Productions / Taxi / Getty Images I keep reading. I try to figure it out in the context of the sentence. I look around for someone to ask, and then keep reading if I can't find anyone. I look up the word to get a definition. 3. It's autumn and the leaves are piling up in your driveway. You ... Adina Tovy / Lonely Planet Images / Getty Images Hope that someone else will clean them up. Grab a rake. Those leaves aren't going to get rid of themselves. Don't worry about it. The wind will take care of them. Invite some friends over to help you get rid of them. 4. Your summer assignment is to read three books. How do you react? 5. Your cousin starts telling you about her favorite tv show. You: Hero Images / Hero Images / Getty Images ... Try to pay attention for as long as possible. ... Roll your eyes. ... Listen carefully because this is something she really wants to share with you. ... Yawn. 6. You have to write an article for a newspaper. What do you do first? Olivier Blondeau / E+ / Getty Images I think about what I want to say and then start writing. I see what information I can find online before I start writing. I do in depth research using only reliable sources. I just start writing. 7. What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time? Caiaimage/Paul Bradbury / Riser / Getty Imges Watch videos online. Write, draw or paint, take pictures or do something similar. Put together a jigsaw puzzle. Go to a museum. 8. You have to interview someone for an article. How does it go? Henrik Sorensen / Stone / Getty Images I would rather not have to do interviews but I will if necessary. I hate doing interviews. It was okay. I think I got some good information from my subject. Very well. I asked some very good questions. 9. What is the highest level degree you are willing to earn? PeopleImages.com / DIgitalVision / Getty Images High School or Equivalency Diploma One to Two Year Certificate Associate Degree Bachelor's Degree in English, writing or journalism 10. What is the lowest salary you would be willing to earn? PeopleImages.com / DigitalVision / Getty Images $60,250 $80,250 $100,250 $120,250 Quiz: Should You Be a Writer? You got: Don't Become a Writer Alex Bramwell / Moment / Getty Images You don't have most of the qualities writers need, based on your answers to the questions on this quiz. It's also possible the salary is a bit low for you and you may not be willing to fulfill the educational requirements for this career. You must enjoy and be able to express yourself well in writing. Curiosity, creativity and self-motivation are crucial traits for writers. You need to have excellent research skills and be good at interviewing subjects. You should like to read as much as you enjoy writing. To become a professional writer, you will most likely need a bachelor's degree, preferably in English, writing or journalism, although some employers may hire you without one. Writers earn a median annual salary of $60,250, which is a bit lower than some people would prefer. Take time to find a career that plays to your strengths. If you do, there is a much better chance you will have a successful career with which you are happy. Share Your Results Share Pin Tweet Quiz: Should You Be a Writer? You got: Writer Probably Isn't a Good Career Choice John Rensten / DigitalVision / Getty Images You have some, but not nearly enough, of the qualities writers need. You may also be unwilling to fulfill the educational requirements that will allow you to compete in this career. The compensation may be quite a bit lower than you would like. You should be good at and enjoy expressing yourself through the written word. You need to be creative, curious and self motivated. Excellent research skills are a must as are strong interviewing and listening skills. It will be hard to be a good writer if you don't like to read. A Bachelor's Degree in English, writing or journalism will help you land a job as a writer. The median annual salary for writers is just $60,250, a bit less than what others with the same level of education earn. Keep looking for a career that is a better fit for someone with your strengths. It will give you a better chance of succeeding. Share Your Results Share Pin Tweet Quiz: Should You Be a Writer? You got: You Might Make a Good Writer Hero Images / Hero Images / Getty Images You have most of the qualities writers need, but not all of them. You can try to acquire some of those soft skills. If you enjoy writing but can't always express yourself well, keep practicing. You must be creative, which usually is a quality one is born with but if you weren't, look for ways to bring it out in yourself. Think of creative solutions to problems, for example. Writers need excellent research, interviewing and listening skills and must be curious and self motivated. If you don't enjoy reading it will be hard to be a good writer, so try to develop a love of this pastime. A Bachelor's Degree in English, writing or journalism is recommended. Many employers will only writers who have a college degree. Finally, be prepared for earnings that may be a bit lower than you want. Median annual earnings are only $60,250. Before you make your next move, learn more about being a writer. Conduct informational interviews with people who work in this field and read job descriptions. Share Your Results Share Pin Tweet Quiz: Should You Be a Writer? You got: You Were Meant to Be a Writer Gianni Diliberto / Caiaimage / Getty Images Congratulations! You made an excellent choice. Your answers indicate that you have all, or just about all, of the qualities successful writers need. These strengths include, most importantly, the ability to express yourself well through the written word. You should also enjoy reading. Writers must also be creative, curious and self motivated. They need excellent research and interviewing skills, and must be good listeners. Many employers prefer to hire job candidates who have a Bachelor's Degree in English, writing or journalism. You should try to earn one if you want to be more competitive. Before you move ahead, make sure you can live on the compensation. Writers' median annual salary is just $60,250, which is a bit lower than some people would prefer. Although these quiz results indicate this is a good career choice, learn more about it before you make a final decision. Look at job descriptions and do informational interviews with people who work in this field. Share Your Results Share Pin Tweet Up Next Up Next Article Want to Be a Writer or Editor? Read This First Up Next Article What Should You Do With Your English Degree? Up Next Article Top 10 Jobs You Can Have With a History Degree Up Next Article Should You Go to College?