Editorial and Research Assistants

Editorial and research assistants perform a wide range of functions, but their primary responsibility is to assist editors with ensuring that text provided by writers is accurate and suitable in content, format, and style for the intended audiences. Editorial and research assistants work for magazines, newspapers, book publishers, newsletters, corporations of all kinds, advertising agencies, radio stations, television stations, and Web sites.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Help editors ensure that text provided by writers is accurate and suitable in content, format, and style for the intended audiences; conduct research and summarize their findings
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, cities, especially New York City
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • English
  • Journalism
  • Social Studies
Experience Any experience writing and conducting research useful
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Curious
  • Organized
Skills
  • Organizational
  • Research
  • Writing
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Editor in Chief
  • Managing Editor
  • Editor
  • Editorial/Research Assistant
  • Editorial Intern

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