WHAT DO PROPOSAL WRITERS DO?
Being a proposal writer is more than writing "will you marry me?" on a piece of paper. A proposal writer works in many different industries to create clear, succinct documents that suggest a course of action or idea. There are many different types of proposal writers, such as grant proposal writers who write requests for monetary grants in the nonprofit, arts or scientific field, financial proposal writers who create plans for clients of certain financial services. There are also entertainment proposal writers who create and write up ideas for television shows or movies.
In all areas, proposal writers are able to write well. Spelling, grammar and context all count, and the ability to say a lot with only a few words is a huge asset. Proposal writers often write under tight deadlines and are organized and prepared.
HOW MUCH DO PROPOSAL WRITERS MAKE?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), grant writers in 2010 made a median income of $52,750, or $25.36 an hour. Again, this will vary considerably, depending on the industry.
WHAT ARE THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS?
Proposal writers need at least a bachelor's degree in English, public relations, marketing, economics, or similar.
JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS
- Writing Skills: Proposal writers must have a mastery of language. Great spelling, punctuation and grammar count, as well as the ability to write succinctly and boil complex ideas down into simple explanations.
- Creativity: Proposal writers need to understand their audience and creatively explain ideas in a way that will be appealing.
- Time Management: Proposals are often on a deadline. Being able to write with time in mind is key.
- Organization: Proposal writers often work on many projects at once. Staying organized will help the writer.