If You're Not in the Writing Field, Do You Still Need Strong Writing Skills?

In a study at, they analyzed 448 freelance professionals to determine if writing skills matter in finding jobs and earning more.

The method they used was to review professionals' profiles on Elance (an online staffing platform). Grammerly checked for basic grammar errors (spelling, punctuation, grammar) in the profiles.

The study included professionals in the following categories:

  • Writing and translation
  • Admin support
  • Legal
  • Design and multimedia
  • Engineering and manufacturing
  • Sales and marketing
  • Finance and management
  • IT and programming

And,the winner is . . . 

As you would expect, the writing professionals had fewer grammatical errors than the other professional categories.

But, what's interesting is that those with stronger writing skills tend to earn more money per job - particularly in the fields of engineering/manufacturing, finance/management, legal, and sales/marketing.

For example, in engineering and manufacturing, those with 0-10 errors per 100 words earned $520.64, compared with those with 30+ errors per 100 words who earned $237.42. Quite a difference in pay.

Summing It Up

No matter what industry or business you're in, having 'good' writing skills matters in how you're perceived professionally and how much your earning potential will be. So, sharpen up those skills

Check out the Grammarly infographic below for all the details of the study:

Grammarly is the world's most accurate grammar checker. Check it out today!

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