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.


Quick Facts
Duties Ensure that text provided by writers is suitable in content, format, and style for the intended audiences; edit publications; work with writers
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, cities, especially New York City
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • English
  • History
  • Journalism
Experience Previous experience as a writer, reporter, or assistant editor required
Skills
  • Interpersonal
  • Research
  • Writing
Personality Traits
  • Creative
  • Hands On
  • Organized
Licensure/Certification None
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Editorial Director
  • Managing Editor
  • Editor
  • Copy Editor
  • Editorial Assistant or Proofreader

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