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Old 04-21-2019, 11:15 AM
 
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I'm currently in the copywriting field, which pays well but isn't as writing- and research-heavy as I'd like.

Which areas in writing are heavily writing- and research-driven?

I've looked into it and it seems proposal writing may be a good fit. There's also medical writing, but I probably couldn't break into it without a medical background. (I studied marketing.)

Any others that you recommend checking out?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-21-2019, 11:51 AM
 
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The legal profession requires researchers, who often write the documents, too.

The US Intelligence Community requires researchers who then analyze the research, then write the report.

The law enforcement community requires researchers who then analyze the research, then write the report.

All three require training above and beyond your present apparent training.

And that's only three fields. There are many, many more out there. Just do the research.
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Old 04-21-2019, 12:01 PM
 
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The legal profession requires researchers, who often write the documents, too.
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After I retired from the field of education, I went back to college for certification as a Paralegal, and in that new career area I enjoyed the research that preceded the writing of most Court Complaints, as well as the extensive writing that was involved in drafting those Complaints.

If the OP already has a Bachelor's Degree, he/she would only need to take courses for certification as a Paralegal, rather than having to pursue a degree in that field. Depending on the college, that certification can usually be obtained in 1 to 1 1/2 years.

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Old 04-24-2019, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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I'm currently in the copywriting field, which pays well but isn't as writing- and research-heavy as I'd like.

Which areas in writing are heavily writing- and research-driven?

I've looked into it and it seems proposal writing may be a good fit. There's also medical writing, but I probably couldn't break into it without a medical background. (I studied marketing.)

Any others that you recommend checking out?

Thanks in advance.
I've done engineering proposal writing. It was related to my pre-retirement career. I am not an engineer, but spent my life in the engineering industry related to public transportation.

If you can sit down with technical people and get the gist of the meaning of what they are trying to do and then translate it into English, you might be able to do something with that. Generally speaking, proposals for public agencies require technical information, but there is usually also a narrative portion of the proposal, and engineers as a general rule, with exceptions, of course, are more math and science focused and often not good writers and communicators to non-engineers. These proposals are usually not reviewed by technical types alone within the client agency, but also business line and financial people.

The proposal manager at most engineering companies has a marketing degree, not an engineering degree, and some firms do not have a proposal manager at all but hire independent contractors to do the preparation working with their technical people.

These types of proposals are usually for planning and design. The public only ever pays attention to construction that gets awarded as a "rip-and-read" bid, but a project begins long before that with the planning and design, and the solicitation for that is almost always a Request for Proposals (RFP).
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Old 05-20-2019, 01:25 AM
 
Location: Bellevue WA
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I'm currently in the copywriting field, which pays well but isn't as writing- and research-heavy as I'd like.

Which areas in writing are heavily writing- and research-driven?

I've looked into it and it seems proposal writing may be a good fit. There's also medical writing, but I probably couldn't break into it without a medical background. (I studied marketing.)

Any others that you recommend checking out?

Thanks in advance.
Grant writing seems like it might be a good fit, considering what you outlined. It's a free-lance position, and you get paid by the job. You work only for non-profits.
If that's not what you want to do, then there's technical writing for B2B. I think investigative work like a claims adjuster requires heavy writing also.
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