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Become A Science Editor

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Working As A Science 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

  • $74,130

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Science Editor does

  • Assisted educational publisher in the development of middle school science program.
  • Assisted educational publisher in the revision of elementary science program.
  • Developed animation ideas for DBIS segments Managed program assistant and producer Maintained existing responsibilities
  • -Proofed children`s books for scientific accuracy.
  • Edited high school science textbooks.
  • Generated stories about university personnel's scientific research and achievements.
  • Determined whether to reuse, modify, or replace existing material Checked lesson modules for fit with state standards.
  • Program incorporated Earth systems science approach with interactive online and inquiry-based activities.

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How To Become A Science 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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Science Editor Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    60.0%
  • Male

    36.9%
  • Unknown

    3.1%

Ethnicity

  • White

    78.3%
  • Asian

    9.9%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    8.0%
  • Unknown

    3.1%
  • Black or African American

    0.8%
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Languages Spoken

  • French

    23.8%
  • Spanish

    23.8%
  • Chinese

    14.3%
  • Mandarin

    9.5%
  • Swedish

    4.8%
  • Zulu

    4.8%
  • German

    4.8%
  • Japanese

    4.8%
  • Russian

    4.8%
  • Gothic

    4.8%
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Real Science Editor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Science Editor E&E Publishing LLC Washington, DC Mar 08, 2016 $89,648
Science Editor-Pharmaceutical Division William Reed Business Media Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2012 $76,000
Account Manager, Senior Science Editor Cactus Communications Inc. Trevose, PA Feb 09, 2016 $65,000 -
$85,000
Account Manager, Senior Science Editor Cactus Communications Inc. Trevose, PA Nov 09, 2016 $65,000 -
$85,000
Science Editor The Weekly Morning Korean News Santa Clara, CA Oct 22, 2007 $60,523
Food Science Editor Bakerpedia LLC Portland, OR Jan 04, 2016 $53,000 -
$60,000
Science Editor The Weekly Morning Korean News Santa Clara, CA Jan 25, 2008 $52,175
Science Editor The Weekly Morning Korean News Santa Clara, CA Feb 06, 2009 $50,860
Science Editor Myjove Corporation Somerville, MA Oct 01, 2010 $48,000

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Top Skills for A Science Editor

500-PageBiochemistryTextbookInteractiveOnlineParticlePhysicsMolecularBiologyMathematicsTitlesElementaryScienceProgramScientificAccuracyEnvironmentalScienceEducationalPublisherScienceTextbookLifeSciencesContentPhotoshopScienceWritersCopyeditIndesignMedicalContentScienceResearchScientificContentEducationalMaterialsDbis

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Top Science Editor Skills

  1. 500-Page Biochemistry Textbook
  2. Interactive Online
  3. Particle Physics
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Program incorporated Earth systems science approach with interactive online and inquiry-based activities.
  • Assisted educational publisher in the revision of elementary science program.
  • -Proofed children`s books for scientific accuracy.
  • Assisted educational publisher in the development of middle school science program.
  • Managed editorial team of ten in revision of high school Earth Science textbook.

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