Indexer Makes Notes on a Project

Indexers compile organized lists, called indexes, that help people locate information in a text or body of work. Indexes are like "road maps" that help users find desired information. Just as a map allows travelers to select the most direct route to a destination, indexes should provide users with a basis for selecting relevant information and screening out that which is unwanted. They provide an alphabetized collection of important words and phrases that appear throughout the text, along with page numbers where those words and phrases can be located. 

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Select and compile terms from a body of work into an organized list
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Any geographic location, but demand is highest in major urban centers
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
Experience One to two years editorial experience
Personality Traits
  • Creative
  • Organized
  • Realistic
  • Computer
  • Organizational
  • Writing
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Decline
Career Ladder
  • Senior Indexer
  • Junior Indexer
  • Editorial Assistant