Editor Careers

careers for editorsCareer Overview

Editors are writers who specialize in reviewing and editing the work of other authors. They can also do their own writing. An editor’s job duties include planning content for different publications like books, magazines, journals, websites, newsletters, and other printed material. Editors may review proposed stories and article ideas. They may make comments to improve work and oversee production of different publications. Some editors actually get to review ideas for new books and decide whether to buy them or not.

Editors often work in busy offices with many different deadlines. Their hours can be long as they try to meet deadlines with publication teams. There can also be added stress as editors try to find ideas for new publications that their clientele will buy.

Education Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree

Program Recommendations:

Technical Writing

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Employers also want real world experience so those wanting to work in this field often do internships at publishing houses or work on college newspaper staffs or other college publication staffs. Editors often manage other writing staff.

School Recommendations:

University of Phoenix
Ashford University
Strayer University
Kaplan University
DeVry University

Employment Trends

Average Salary for Editors in 2008: $50,000
Jobs in 2008: 129,600
Projected Employment Openings between through 2018: 129,200

Related Jobs:

Interpreters and translators
News analysts, reporters, and correspondents
Technical writers

Article Reference: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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