Magazine Editors

Magazine Editors Work on Layout of New Issue

Magazine editors plan the contents of a magazine, assign articles and select photographs and artwork to enhance the message of the articles, and edit, organize, and sometimes rewrite the articles. They make sure that each issue is attractive and readable, and maintains the stylistic integrity of the publication. Approximately 50,550 editors are employed by newspaper, periodical, book, and directory publishers in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Contributing Editors, Editors in Chief, Executive Editors, Managing Editors
Duties Ensure that text provided by writers is suitable in content, format, and style for the intended audiences; edit publications; work with authors and 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, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • English
  • Journalism
  • Social Studies
Experience Several years' experience as a writer, reporter, or assistant editor
Personality Traits
  • Creative
  • Enterprising
  • Organized
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
  • Writing
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Decline
Career Ladder
  • Editorial Director
  • Managing Editor
  • Editor
  • Copy Editor
  • Editorial Assistant or Proofreader