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Biographer

Aliases: Biography Writer

Industry/Sector(s): Education, Training and Research


JOB DESCRIPTION 1

​The tasks a Biographer is expected to perform include:

  • Studying the life of an important person and narrating events, interests, behaviour, activities and achievements of individual, which enable proper understanding of his/her character and constitution
  • Specializing in writing career or phase of life of an individual from available records and other materials
  • Collecting materials from news accounts, diaries, personal paper, correspondence and other details giving account of events in the individual's life
  • Consulting friends and relatives of individual to get further particulars about the person whose biography is to be written
  • Writing in narrative form the life history of the person, portraying his/her character and events that occured in their life
  • Revealing, through biography, relevant events and developments of contemporary time​
WORK ENVIRONMENT 1, 2
  • It is mostly a desk job
  • Need not handle a team
  • Local travelling is a part of this job role
  • Part-time work and contractual jobs may be available
  • Work from home option may be available
Working hours
  • Organizations usually work for 5/6 days a week and 8/9 hours everyday. This may vary from organization to organization
  • Shift system may be available
  • Overtime may be required​
Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?

​​​This may vary from organization to organization

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING 3

Preferably​,​ graduation in English literature/journalism/communication

KEY COMPETENCIES 1
  • Proficient in written language 
  • In-depth knowledge of grammar
  • Ability to collect all the personal and professional information, interesting incidents, achievements and failures of different personalities
  • Skilled in research methods 
  • Knowledge of the copyright laws and prerequisite paperwork required before starting on a book
  • Skilled in creative writing and factual description
DESIRABLE COMPETENCIES 1
  • Good communication skills
  • ​Hard-working​​
AVAILABLE SKILL TRAINING AND LEARNING INSTITUTES 

Colleges offering degrees in English literature, journalism and communication across India

AVAILABLE SKILL TRAINING SCHEMES/SCHOLARSHIPS 

For scholarship and schemes, use further links like:

  • https://scholarships.gov.in/​
SAMPLE OF TRAINING AND LEARNING COURSES 

https://targetstudy.com/courses/ba-english-literature.html

CAREER PROGRESSION PATH 4
​Biographer → Self Employed, Freelancer
      ↑
Junior Writer
The progression is indicative
EXPECTED EARNINGS 3
  • For new entrants  - Rs 16,000 to Rs 58,000 per month
These figures are indicative and subject to change
REQUIRED WORK EXPERIENCE 3

Some organizations hire new entrants too

PROBABLE EMPLOYERS 3
  • Publishing houses
  • Self-employed
KEYWORDS 
  • Biographer
  • Biography Writer
OCCUPATIONAL CODES AND STANDARDS 
StandardCodeDescription
NCO 20152633.0200Biographer
ISCO 20082633 Philosophers, Historians and Political Scientists
NIC 200872200Research and experimental development on social sciences and humanities
QP ReferenceNot availableNot available
NSQFNot availableNot available
REFERENCES 
1http://dget.nic.in/upload/uploadfiles/files/publication/Des-Div-2.pdf
2http://www.ccdisabilities.nic.in/page.php?s=reg&t=def&p=list_jobsNew
3https://www.naukri.com/job-listings-Content-Writer-0-to-10-Years-night-Shift--Photon-Interactive-Chennai-0-to-5-years-210716009705?src=seo_srp&sid=14806206098079&xp=28&qp=content%20writing&srcPage=s​
4http://dget.nic.in/upload/uploadfiles/files/publication/Des-Div-2.pdf
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