Publisher Career Field

PublisherPublishers are responsible for overseeing the publishing of printed materials from magazines to books. The publishing industry is now publishing materials in electronic formats including on CD, on Internet websites, and for E-Readers. Publishers need excellent communication, management, and computer skills. They must often make very important decisions regarding how and when to publish different materials.

Educational Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree (4 years of College) in English, journalism, or technical writing

Publishers often work their way into a publishing position from within existing companies. They may start out as an editor or writer and then become a publisher from there. A bachelor’s degree in fields likes English or technical writing is almost mandatory to get a publishers job. Competition is very keen for these positions. Applicants for publishing jobs with advanced degrees like an MBA or a master’s degree in English may find it easier to get hired.

Educational Courses

Instructional Writing Style and Design
Textbook Content Writing
Graphic Illustration Software
Graphic Schematics
Technical Writing Skills
Editing Skills
Project Management & Scheduling Analysis
Business Management

Employment Statistics

Number Employed editors in 2008: 129,600
Projected Employment of editors through 2018: 129,200
Average Weekly Pay for periodical publishers in 2008: $829.00

Great Colleges

Western Governor’s University
Capella University
Walden University
University of Phoenix
Grand Canyon University

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Article Reference: bls.gov

 

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