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A bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, or English, combined with previous writing and proofreading experience, is typically required to be an editor.Education
Employers generally prefer candidates with a bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, or English. They also prefer candidates with mass- or cross-media experience.
Those with other backgrounds who can show strong writing skills also may find jobs as editors. Editors who deal with specific subject matter may need previous related work experience. For example, fashion editors may need expertise in fashion that they gain through formal training or work experience.Work Experience in a Related Occupation
Many editors start off as editorial assistants, writers, or reporters.
Those who are particularly skilled at identifying good stories, recognizing writing talent, and interacting with writers may be interested in editing jobs.Other Experience
Editors also can gain experience by working on high school and college newspapers, and for magazines, radio and television stations, advertising and publishing companies, or nonprofit organizations. Magazines and newspapers also have internships for students. For example, the American Society of Magazine Editors offers a Magazine Internship Program to qualified full-time students in their junior or senior year of college. Interns may write stories, conduct research and interviews, and gain general publishing experience.
The ability to use computers is necessary for editors to stay in touch with writers and other editors and to work on the increasingly important digital media or online side of a publication. Familiarity with electronic publishing, graphics, Web design, and multimedia production is also important, because more content is being offered online.Advancement
Some editors hold management positions and must make decisions related to running a business. For them, advancement generally means moving up to publications with larger circulation or greater prestige. Copy editors may move into original writing or substantive editing positions, or become freelancers.Important Qualities
Creativity. Editors must be creative, curious, and knowledgeable in a broad range of topics. Some editors must regularly come up with interesting story ideas and attention-grabbing headlines.
Detail oriented. One of an editor’s main tasks is to make sure that material is error free and matches the style of a publication.
Good judgment. Editors must decide if certain stories are ethical or if there is enough evidence to report them.
Interpersonal skills. In working with writers, editors must have tact and the ability to guide and encourage them in their work.
Writing skills. Editors must ensure that all written content has correct grammar, punctuation, and syntax. Editors must be able to write clearly and logically.
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Hispanic or Latino8.4%
Black or African American0.6%
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New York University12.1%
University of Texas at Austin5.8%
University of Missouri - Columbia4.9%
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill4.6%
Columbia College Chicago4.4%
University of Iowa4.3%
University of Florida3.7%
University of Oregon3.7%
Michigan State University3.6%
University of Washington3.6%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Head Spanish Associate Editor||Inter-American Division Publishing Association||Doral, FL||Apr 20, 2016||$92,810|
|Associate Scientific Editor, Immunity||Elsevier, Inc.||Cambridge, MA||Aug 05, 2015||$82,651 -
|Senior Associate Editor||American Chemical Society||Temple City, CA||Sep 15, 2015||$81,025|
|Associate Agent, Editor||The Zoe Pagnamenta Agency LLC||New York, NY||Aug 15, 2016||$78,263|
|Associate Agent, Editor||The Zoe Pagnamenta Agency LLC||New York, NY||Aug 15, 2014||$78,263|
|Senior Associate Editor||Advance Magazine Publishers Inc. DBA CONDÉ Nast||New York, NY||Mar 13, 2015||$78,000|
|Associate Editor||American Physical Society||Ridge, NY||Jan 10, 2014||$77,792 -
|Associate Editor||HKM Productions, Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Jan 03, 2013||$75,000|
|Associate Scientific Editor||Elsevier, Inc.||Cambridge, MA||Sep 15, 2016||$75,000 -
|Senior Associate Editor||CBS Interactive, Inc.||New York, NY||Aug 23, 2015||$74,277|
|Associate Scientific Editor||Elsevier, Inc.||Cambridge, MA||Sep 30, 2014||$74,000 -
|Senior Associate Editor||American Chemical Society||Salt Lake City, UT||Sep 15, 2012||$73,910|
|Associate Scientific Editor, Immunology||Elsevier, Inc.||Cambridge, MA||Feb 12, 2014||$73,800 -
|Associate Editor||American Association for The Advancement of Scienc||Washington, DC||Nov 01, 2014||$67,163 -
|Associate Editor||American Association for The Advancement of Scienc||Washington, DC||Nov 01, 2011||$65,500|
|Associate Editor, Photos & Graphics||Revere Digital LLC||San Martin, CA||Sep 26, 2015||$65,000|
|Associate Editor, Photos & Graphics||Revere Digital LLC||San Martin, CA||Sep 23, 2015||$65,000|
|Associate Editor, The Verge||VOX Media, Inc.||New York, NY||Jul 03, 2016||$63,419 -
|Associate Editor||Baishideng Publishing Group Inc.||Pleasanton, CA||Sep 16, 2014||$63,274|
|Associate Editor||John Wiley & Sons, Inc.||Hoboken, NJ||Oct 15, 2011||$63,000|
|Associate Editor||Rochester Business Journal, Inc.||Rochester, NY||Dec 31, 2012||$47,050 -
|Associate Editor||The New Press Inc.||New York, NY||Jan 09, 2016||$45,967|
|Associate Editor||AOL Inc.||New York, NY||Aug 09, 2015||$45,800 -
|Associate Editor||Penguin Random House LLC||New York, NY||Aug 18, 2016||$45,780|
|Associate Editor||Studio One Networks, Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 22, 2011||$45,175|
|Associate Editor||Nowthis Media, Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 01, 2014||$45,000|
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