Editors

Editors perform a wide range of functions, but their primary responsibility is to ensure that text provided by writers is suitable in content, format, and style for the intended audiences. Readers are an editor's first priority. Among the employers of editors are book publishers, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, advertising agencies, nonprofits, radio stations, television stations, Internet sites, and corporations of all kinds. There are about 98,790 editors employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Ensure that text provided by writers is suitable in content, format, and style for the intended audiences; edit publications; work with writers
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
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
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • English
  • History
  • Journalism
Experience Previous experience as a writer, reporter, or assistant editor required
Personality Traits
  • Creative
  • Hands On
  • Organized
Skills
  • Interpersonal
  • 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
  • Editorial Director
  • Managing Editor
  • Editor
  • Copy Editor
  • Editorial Assistant or Proofreader

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