This occupation field involves careers to do with language and the use of language. In order to do these careers you will need to be a specially talented person who is interested in speech or writing as a means to report events, influence ideas, entertain others, etc. Careers requiring language are found in various media forms including careers in newspapers, magazines, journals, publishing houses, radio, film and TV, and the internet. Other careers are found in diverse areas of business, from banking (translation) to government (diplomatic services). People in these careers tend to be good observers of life and society and consistently seek out new and better ways of expressing themselves. Good writing is an craft which may be developed and refined over time. Careers in language may be divided according to the types of skills or ability required: 1. Careers requiring the technical use of language, for instance the ability to edit, proofread and translate text, OR the ability to formally present information, debate topics and educate a group. Examples include editor, lecturer, TV presenter etc. 2. Careers requiring the creative use of language, for instance the ability to create text or stories using the imagination. Examples include poet, play-write, actuality journalist, etc. Think about the difference between the editor (good technical ability), correcting spelling and language, to the person with a creative flair writing the text for a new advertisement. Think about the freedom allowed to the DJ (creative flair) at a radio station and compare this career to a career as a court translator which is technical by nature.


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