Editor Job Overview
Editors prepare content so that it is ready to be printed. There are different positions within this occupation. Copy editors proofread documents and verify that the facts contained within them are correct. Publication assistants read and evaluate submitted documents to determine if they are fit to print. Assistant editors cover the editing work for a certain subject, such as sports or local news. If an editor is especially competent and hard-working, he or she may be promoted to the position of executive editor, where one determines which stories are published, hires and oversees other writers and editors, and plans and negotiates their contracts. In addition to these specialized tasks, editors also proofread content and rewrite it so it is easier to understand. They determine which submissions will be published and how they will be laid out on a page or website. Editors also work with writers and team members to plan and revise material for books, magazines, newspapers and websites.
Editor Education Requirements
Editors must have a bachelor's degree in a subject such as English, journalism or communications. They need strong writing, proofreading and computer skills. Editors must also have skills that cannot be taught in the classroom; they must be detail-oriented, they must be able to read large amounts quickly and thoroughly, and they should have some knowledge on a wide variety of subjects. Editor positions generally do not offer much on-the-job training, and no certifications are required.
Editor Job Market
The demand for editor jobs is expected to remain consistent over the next decade. Editors may find themselves working in more online positions though newspaper and book editor jobs will not be obsolete. Editors will always be needed to prepare a variety of texts for print.
Editor Job Salary
Editors make an average of $53,880 per year or $25.90 per hour. They can make as little as $33,000 or as much as $80,000 a year.
Random House, Inc. New York, NY, 10007
Your challenge: Crown seeks an experienced Editor or Senior Editor to solicit, acquire, evaluate and develop a fiction list of around 8-10 titles a year. Categories include: upmarket women’s fiction, book club fiction, and historical fiction. You will be responsible for negotiating the purchase of manuscripts with authors, consulting with authors on market, content, style and format and preparing...
Idealist Washington, DC
Freedom House promotes the spread of freedom and democracy around the world through research, advocacy, and programs that support frontline activists. We are a leader in identifying threats to freedom through our highly regarded analytic reports, including Freedom in the World, Freedom of the Press, Freedom on the Net, and Nations in Transit. With 13 field offices and two U.S. offices, we support ...
The Springfield Republican Springfield, MA
Proven ability to report, write clean copy and copy edit (AP style); Solid understanding of news writing, journalistic standards and story structure; Ability to aggregate from credible sources; Ability to work under deadline pressure and prioritize tasks appropriately; Experience with SEO best practices; Willingness to consistently engage audience on social media and MassLive comment streams;...
Slack Incorporated Thorofare, NJ
Job Description Health care publisher seeks self-motivated individual for textbook production and other editorial responsibilities, including proofreading, editing, typesetting, etc. Full-time, on-site position. Send cover letter, resume, and salary requirements. EOE. Job Requirements Must have: degree in English or Journalism, at least 2 years’ editing experience, knowledge of Microsoft Wor...
Slack Incorporated West Deptford, NJ
Job Description MANAGING EDITOR for a new print publication launching in 2015. Job Requirements All applicants should be highly organized, with strong copyediting, grammatical, and proofreading skills; impeccable writing skills; and an understanding of search engine optimization and web analytics, Web 2.0 tools and other online technologies. Other requirements: a Bachelor’s degree in English, ...
Advertising Agency New York, NY
The ideal candidate should have at least five years of experience as a top editor, preferably for consumer magazines, and should also have some experience as a copy editor. We need somebody who can edit long- and short-form pieces, as well as write headlines, captions, teasers, contributor bios, and TOC lines, and cut runover, working directly in InDesign files. We need somebody who is able to wor...
Gannett Appleton, WI
Description Gannett seeks a regional executive editor for Appleton and Wisconsin Media in Appleton, Wisconsin. This position requires an individual with the highest level of journalism credentials, solid business acumen, and finely honed leadership skills. The successful candidate will demonstrate proven understanding of the digital future of news and information and advance the seamless integrat...
Fashion Avenue News Magazine New York, NY
Description Fashion Avenue News Magazine is a monthly print Luxury publication featuring emerging and establsihed fashion talent. We are looking for entry level (willing to train) Fashion Editors, Beauty Editors, Fashion Blogers, Reporters, Stylists etc., to experience a fun internship with a great company. (You will LOVE us). Responsibilities You will be responsible for covering events and sen...
Cambridge University Press New York, NY
Job Description Cambridge University Press seeks an Editor/Senior Editor, Law to join our Academic Publishing Group. The role will be based in New York within state-of-the-art offices conveniently located in Tribeca. The successful candidate will expand our existing author base in North America to find new academic law titles which can sell in the Americas or globally and make recommendations for...
Hearst-Argyle Television, Inc. Lancaster, PA, 17622
Job Description: WGAL-TV, the Hearst-owned NBC affiliate in Lancaster, PA has an immediate need for a Part-Time Digital Editor/Assignment Desk Editor. This is a hands-on journalism position, gathering and writing news stories, and publishing images and video to WGAL's digital platforms and social media. A major focus of the position is delivering breaking news quickly, accurately and in a compell...
BH Media Bristol, VA, 24202
Position includes editing, designing and packaging content on several platforms, including print and web applications for the Bristol Herald Courier, TriCities.com and other specialty publications. Specific skills exercised include copy editing, headline writing, page design, graphics design, wire copy selection and editing, some breaking news content editing, page proofing and content selection f...
Random House, Inc. New York, NY
About our company BioMed Central, a part of Springer Science Business Media, is the leading open access publisher of STM (Science, Technology and Medicine) research. Unlike traditional publishers, BioMed Central believes research should be free to access for anyone. Since it was founded in 2000, BioMed Central has successfully pioneered the open access publishing model and brought open access to ...
We have an immediate need for a Content Editor. JOB DESCRIPTION: Weâ€™re looking for a service-oriented, creative, content guru! Thanks for taking the time to get to know us. We have an immediate need for a Content Editor. As an Editor on our creative editorial team, you research, create, edit, and manage a portion of our customer-facing content. You fully understand and articulate the values ...
We have an immediate need for a Content Editor. JOB DESCRIPTION: Weâ€™re looking for a service-oriented, creative, content guru! Thanks for taking the time to get to know us. We have an immediate need for a Content Editor. This candidate will be responsible for discovering great apps and games within the organization. Candidate must have fluency in Portuguese: Reading, Writing and Speaking. ...
Quality Assurance Editor (Permanent Half-time) BestMark is one of the nation’s largest customer experience measurement and mystery shopping companies. Our Fortune 50 and Global 500 clients represent some of the most innovative and successful customer-focused organizations in the world. We are a recognized leader and innovator in our industry, and the Quality Assurance team plays a critical role t...
This position is located in our MD, Rockville facility The Principal Editor to helps manage the daily operations of an online microsite within SETimes.com. Website providing coverage of military and security-related events and issues in Ukraine. The website normally publishes 5 days a week, in Ukrainian, Russian and English. The Principal Editor will coordinate the editing activities of a number ...
This position is located in our MD, Rockville facility • The Managing Editor/Task Manager develops content plans and editorial policies for an online website providing coverage of military and security related news and issues for a Horn of Africa audience. The website normally publishes 5 days a week, in 3 regional languages other than English. He/she supervises the editorial team of the website....
This position is located in our MD, Rockville facility The Senior Editor screens and edits submissions for a special page within SETimes focused on Ukraine, which normally publishes 5 days a week, in Russian and Ukrainian. Other tasks include researching local and regional media in the region, identifying coverage angles, and coordinating translations. Tasks may include serving as Assignment Edit...
This position is located in our MD, Rockville facility • The Managing Editor/Task Manager develops content plans and editorial policies for an online website providing coverage of military and security related news and issues for a Southeast Europe, Turkey and Ukraine audience. The website normally publishes 5 days a week, in 9 regional languages other than English. He/she supervises the editoria...
This position is located in our MD, Rockville facility The Editor edits and copy-edits submissions for a website focused on Horn of Africa, which normally publishes 5 days a week, in Arabic, Swahili and Somali. Other tasks may include developing and writing in-house feature articles, photo editing, tagging articles, and updating the website, as well as other tasks assigned by the Managing Editor....
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Editorial Career Tools
$29,120.00 - $100,000.00
Typical Salary for Editor
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Education / Training
Some College Coursework Completed
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Selects and prepares material for publication by formulating editorial policies and plans; coordinating and directing editorial activities; managing workers who help in selecting and preparing material for publication.
Rate of Growth
Size of Industry in 2006:
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2006
Administrative Writing Skills
Attention to Detail
Produces written content by writing or assigning staff members and freelance writers to research and write articles, reports, reviews, and other material.
Arrange for copyright permissions.
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