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Working As A Content Editor

  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $53,768

    Average Salary

What Does A Content Editor Do

Editors plan, review, and revise content for publication.

Duties

Editors typically do the following:

  • Read content and correct spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors
  • Rewrite text to make it easier for readers to understand
  • Verify facts using standard reference sources
  • Evaluate submissions from writers to decide what to publish
  • Work with writers to help their ideas and stories succeed
  • Develop story and content ideas according to the publication’s style and editorial policy
  • Allocate space for the text, photos, and illustrations that make up a story
  • Approve final versions submitted by staff

Editors plan, coordinate, and revise material for publication in books, newspapers, magazines, or websites. Editors review story ideas and decide what material will appeal most to readers. During the review process, editors offer comments to improve the product, and suggest titles and headlines. In smaller organizations, a single editor may perform all of the editorial duties or share them with only a few other people.

The following are examples of types of editors:

Copy editors review text for errors in grammar, punctuation, and spelling and check for readability, style, and agreement with editorial policy. They suggest revisions, such as changing words and rearranging sentences and paragraphs to improve clarity or accuracy. They also may carry out research, confirm sources for writers, and verify facts, dates, and statistics. In addition, they may arrange page layouts of articles, photographs, and advertising.

Publication assistants who work for book-publishing houses may read and evaluate manuscripts submitted by freelance writers, proofread uncorrected drafts, and answer questions about published material. Assistants on small newspapers or in smaller media markets may compile articles available from wire services or the Internet, answer phones, and proofread articles.

Assistant editors are responsible for a particular subject, such as local news, international news, feature stories, or sports. Most assistant editors work for newspaper publishers, television broadcasters, magazines, book publishers, or advertising and public relations firms.

Executive editors oversee assistant editors and generally have the final say about what stories are published and how they are covered. Executive editors typically hire writers, reporters, and other employees. They also plan budgets and negotiate contracts with freelance writers, who are sometimes called “stringers” in the news industry. Although many executive editors work for newspaper publishers, some work for television broadcasters, magazines, or advertising and public relations firms.

Managing editors typically work for magazines, newspaper publishers, and television broadcasters, and are responsible for the daily operations of a news department.

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How To Become A Content Editor

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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Content Editor Career Paths

Content Editor
Editor, Freelance Adjunct Instructor Creative Director
Brand Director
11 Yearsyrs
Editor & Producer Executive Producer Managing Editor
Content Director
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Editor Editorial Director Writer And Editor
Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Social Media Manager Marketing Consultant Marketing Communications Manager
Content Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Communications Manager Content Manager
Digital Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Social Media Manager Digital Marketing Manager
Digital Director
10 Yearsyrs
Technical Writer Program Manager Marketing Manager
Digital Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Communications Manager Media Consultant Media Director
Digital Media Director
7 Yearsyrs
Editor & Producer Producer Digital Producer
Digital Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Editor, Freelance Senior Editor Communications Director
Director Of Communications And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Marketing Coordinator Marketing Manager Marketing Director
Director Of Digital Marketing
10 Yearsyrs
Content Specialist Content Manager Marketing Consultant
Head Of Marketing
6 Yearsyrs
Marketing Coordinator Account Executive Public Relations
Manager Of Corporate Communications
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Editor Project Manager Product Manager
Marketing Communications Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Adjunct Professor Senior Project Manager
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Communications Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Content Manager Program Manager Marketing Consultant
Marketing Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Technical Writer Business Analyst Business Developer
Marketing/Business Development
8 Yearsyrs
Content Manager Marketing Manager Social Media Manager
Marketing/Social Media Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Content Specialist Marketing Specialist Search Engine Optimizer
Online Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Publishing Editor 4.7 years
Senior Editor 3.9 years
Executive Editor 3.4 years
Editor/Copy Writer 3.3 years
Publication Editor 3.3 years
Managing Editor 3.3 years
Writer And Editor 3.1 years
Technical Editor 3.0 years
Editor & Producer 3.0 years
Deputy Editor 2.9 years
Copy Editor 2.9 years
Newsletter Editor 2.7 years
News Editor 2.7 years
Editor 2.6 years
Features Editor 2.6 years
Associate Editor 2.5 years
Editor, Freelance 2.5 years
Lead Editor 2.4 years
Online Producer 2.4 years
Magazine Editor 2.4 years
Design Editor 2.4 years
Content Developer 2.3 years
Health Editor 2.1 years
Content Producer 2.1 years
Digital Editor 2.1 years
Web Producer 2.1 years
Assistant Editor 2.0 years
Web Editor 2.0 years
Content Editor 2.0 years
Content Manager 2.0 years
Online Editor 2.0 years
Content Specialist 2.0 years
Web Content Editor 1.9 years
Multimedia Editor 1.8 years
Art Editor 1.8 years
Web Writer 1.6 years
Web Content Writer 1.6 years
Junior Editor 1.5 years
Co-Editor 1.5 years
Content Creator 1.4 years
Content Writer 1.3 years
Top Employers Before
Editor 16.8%
Internship 11.4%
Reporter 5.6%
Teacher 4.3%
Writer 3.1%
Volunteer 2.7%
Top Employers After
Editor 14.7%
Writer 5.3%
Internship 4.2%
Teacher 3.8%
Manager 2.7%
Owner 2.5%

Content Editor Demographics

Gender

Female

55.3%

Male

43.2%

Unknown

1.5%
Ethnicity

White

79.3%

Hispanic or Latino

10.0%

Asian

7.9%

Unknown

2.1%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.1%

French

17.8%

German

6.9%

Italian

5.4%

Japanese

3.5%

Arabic

3.5%

Mandarin

3.0%

Russian

3.0%

Portuguese

3.0%

Korean

2.5%

Chinese

2.5%

Hindi

1.5%

Urdu

1.5%

Dutch

1.0%

Finnish

1.0%

Hebrew

1.0%

Czech

1.0%

Polish

1.0%

Swedish

0.5%

Vietnamese

0.5%
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Content Editor Education

Schools

University of Washington

11.4%

University of Texas at Austin

8.2%

New York University

7.5%

University of North Texas

5.3%

Temple University

5.0%

Emerson College

5.0%

DePaul University

4.6%

University of Iowa

4.6%

Western Washington University

4.3%

Arizona State University

4.3%

San Francisco State University

4.3%

University of Florida

4.3%

University of Missouri - Columbia

4.3%

Brigham Young University

3.9%

Columbia College Chicago

3.9%

University of California - Los Angeles

3.9%

Ohio State University

3.9%

University of Southern California

3.9%

Boston University

3.9%

Northwestern University

3.6%
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Majors

English

20.2%

Communication

16.1%

Journalism

14.8%

Writing

8.7%

Business

5.8%

Marketing

3.9%

Photography

3.8%

Political Science

3.3%

Psychology

3.1%

History

2.5%

Agricultural Public Services

2.3%

Public Relations

2.2%

Fine Arts

2.1%

Law

2.0%

Graphic Design

1.9%

Liberal Arts

1.8%

Education

1.5%

Linguistics

1.4%

Sociology

1.3%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

53.0%

Masters

23.5%

Other

11.2%

Certificate

4.2%

Doctorate

3.8%

Associate

3.7%

Diploma

0.3%

License

0.2%
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Real Content Editor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Technical Content Editor Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Jan 12, 2015 $120,000
Editor, Branded Content A Medium Corporation San Francisco, CA Dec 04, 2014 $110,000 -
$140,000
Content Editor Campden Media Inc. New York, NY Jan 15, 2015 $90,000
Content Editor News America Incorporated New York, NY Oct 14, 2013 $90,000
National Content Editor Time Out America LLC New York, NY Jul 01, 2015 $90,000 -
$110,000
Content Editor Mortar San Francisco, CA Jun 15, 2015 $85,000
Legal Content Editor Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP New York, NY Jul 15, 2015 $84,656
Content Editor Mergermarket (U.S.) Ltd. New York, NY Oct 15, 2011 $83,590
Content Editor Mortar San Francisco, CA Jun 15, 2015 $80,000
Creative Content Editor FITR TV Escondido, CA Sep 18, 2015 $80,000
Content Editor News America Incorporated New York, NY Aug 01, 2009 $70,000
Content Editor Workable Inc. Boston, MA Jan 04, 2016 $68,000
Content Editor King Content (USA), Inc. New York, NY Aug 02, 2016 $67,000
Content Editor-Food and Health Future Today Inc. Saint Petersburg, FL Sep 19, 2015 $65,000
Senior Content Editor Hearst Communications Inc. New York, NY Jul 09, 2015 $64,000 -
$80,000
Senior Content Editor Hearst Communications Inc. New York, NY Sep 07, 2015 $64,000 -
$80,000
Spanish Content Editor/Transcreator American Bible Society New York, NY Oct 20, 2012 $60,000
Content Editor Online Guru, Inc. Encinitas, CA Aug 31, 2015 $59,219
Elearning Content Editor Teledata Marine Solutions LLC White Plains, NY Sep 21, 2013 $57,059
Content Editor Imprivata Inc. Lexington, MA Sep 11, 2015 $48,000
Executive Media Content Editor Starcom Products, Inc. Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Aug 18, 2016 $46,488 -
$60,000
Media Content Editor Starcom Products, Inc. Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Aug 18, 2016 $46,488 -
$60,000
Multimedia Content Editor What's Next Media and Analytics LLC Boston, MA Oct 14, 2016 $46,350
Multimedia Content Editor Market Platform Dynamics LLC Boston, MA Sep 02, 2015 $45,000
Associate Content Editor Makers Row Inc. New York, NY Jun 29, 2015 $45,000
Associate Content Editor Makers Row Inc. New York, NY Jul 06, 2015 $45,000
Content Editor Dow Jones and Company New York, NY Sep 27, 2016 $45,000

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Top Skills for A Content Editor

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Top Content Editor Skills

  1. Web Content
  2. Online Content
  3. Video Content
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Train new editors and colleagues on the importance of web content.
  • Generate and seek online content for contributions to the site.
  • Served as the video producer where I was in charge of creating new and exciting video content.
  • Create and edit content for B2B client campaigns.
  • Managed the station's Twitter, Facebook and YouTube accounts.

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