Diet and Fitness Writers


Exploring this Job

As a high school or college student, you can test your interest in and aptitude for the writing field by serving as a reporter or writer on school newspapers, yearbooks, and literary magazines. Consider launching a blog about diet and fitness topics. You should also explore the field of fitness and nutrition by participating in sports and taking part in health clinics or workshops.

Small community newspapers, magazines, and newsletters often welcome contributions from outside sources, although they may not have the resources to pay for submissions. Jobs in bookstores, magazine shops, and even newsstands will offer you a chance to become familiar with various publications, including those covering health, dieting, fitness, and sports.

You can also obtain information on writing careers by visiting local newspapers, publishers, or radio and television stations and interviewing some of the writers who work there. Career conferences and other guidance programs frequently include authors of all types from local or national organizations.

The Job

Diet and fitness writers work in the field of communications. Specifically, they deal with the written word, whether it is destined for the printed page, broadcast, or a computer screen. The nature of their work is as varied as the materials they produce. They may write health and fitness articles for books, magazines, and journals. They also contribute to scientific research and technical reports. Many writers promote new or traditional aspects of diet or fitness, such as the Atkins or Paleo diets or the various forms of yoga. They may write advertisement copy or contribute to health and fitness segments for radio and television broadcasts.

Many successful diet and fitness writers have extensive educational or work experience related to their subject matter. However, those with specialized degrees and certifications must be able to communicate clearly with their intended audience. For example, a registered dietitian with an extensive background in biology and chemistry who writes for a general publication must be able to break down highly technical information on food composition into terms the average reader can understand and use.

Diet and fitness writers can be employed either as in-house staff or as freelancers. Pay varies according to experience and position, but freelancers must provide their own office space and equipment such as computers and fax machines. Freelancers also are responsible for keeping tax records, sending out invoices, negotiating contracts, and providing their own health insurance.