Fashion Writers and Editors

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Fashion writers express, promote, and interpret fashion ideas and facts in written form. Fashion editors perform a wide range of functions, but their primary responsibility is to ensure that text provided by fashion writers is suitable in content, format, and style for the intended audiences. There are approximately 189,840 writers and editors employed in the United States; fashion writers and editors make up a very small percentage of this group.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Fashion Authors, Fashion Correspondents, Fashion Reporters
Duties Write articles about fashion-related topics (fashion writers); prepare the work of fashion writers for publication (fashion editors)
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Most opportunities exist in urban areas, especially fashion meccas such as New York, Los Angeles, and Miami
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Art
  • Family and Consumer Science
  • Journalism
Experience Any prior writing/editing experience
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Creative
  • Curious
  • Digital Media
  • Interpersonal
  • Writing
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Editor-in-Chief
  • Managing Editor
  • Fashion Editor
  • Fashion Writer
  • Editorial Assistant