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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 Latino7.6%
Black or African American0.6%
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University of Washington8.7%
George Mason University7.1%
San Jose State University6.8%
University of Phoenix6.1%
University of Maryland - College Park5.8%
University of Texas at Austin5.5%
University of New Mexico5.1%
University of Maryland - University College4.8%
Pennsylvania State University4.8%
Texas A&M University4.8%
University of Pittsburgh -4.5%
University of Central Florida4.5%
Arizona State University4.2%
University of Houston4.2%
Brigham Young University3.9%
University of Colorado at Boulder3.9%
University of Arizona3.9%
Northern Virginia Community College3.9%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Technical Editor||Cadence Design Systems, Inc.||Chelmsford, MA||Feb 10, 2015||$124,184 -
|Technical Editor||The Ohio State University||Columbus, OH||Apr 03, 2015||$84,983|
|Technical Editor||Masterword Services, Inc.||Houston, TX||Mar 23, 2016||$83,200|
|Lead Technical Editor||Cadence Design Systems, Inc.||Chelmsford, MA||Oct 01, 2015||$80,000 -
|Technical Editor||TDA Group, LLC||Mountain View, CA||Oct 01, 2010||$72,000|
|Technical Editor||TDA Group, LLC||Mountain View, CA||Sep 16, 2010||$72,000|
|IT Editor||Technology Review, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jan 25, 2010||$67,500|
|Multimedia Technical Editor||021C Communication Concepts, Inc.||New York, NY||Jan 14, 2010||$65,000|
|Technical Editor||Benchmark Education Company, LLC.||New Rochelle, NY||Sep 17, 2015||$64,200|
|Technical Editor||The Novim Group||Santa Barbara, CA||Feb 15, 2015||$62,610|
|Technical Editor||Benchmark Education Company, LLC.||New Rochelle, NY||Sep 17, 2015||$62,610|
|Technical Editor and Translator||Ubiqus Reporting, Inc.||New York, NY||Aug 19, 2016||$57,500|
|Technical Editor||Kartago Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Apr 01, 2011||$56,659|
|Chinese Technical Editor and Reviewer||Multiling Corporation||Provo, UT||Aug 25, 2016||$54,796|
|Technical Editor and Translator||Russian and Slavic Language Service, Inc.||New York, NY||Jan 28, 2013||$53,800|
|Technical Editor and Translator||Russian and Slavic Language Services, Inc.||New York, NY||Jan 30, 2013||$53,800|
|Technical Editor and Translator||Russian and Slavic Language Services, Inc.||New York, NY||Jan 31, 2013||$53,800|
|Technical Editor||General Dynamics Information Technology, Inc.||Rockville, MD||Feb 01, 2011||$52,437|
|Technical Editor||Esperanto Inc. DBA Marketlogic||Miami, FL||Dec 14, 2007||$52,000|
|Technical Editor and Translator||The Languageworks, Inc.||New York, NY||Aug 19, 2013||$52,000|
|Technical Editor & Writer||Organization for Cultural Exchange Among Nations||Tempe, AZ||Oct 01, 2011||$46,039|
|Technical Editor and Translator||Russian and Slavic Language Services, Inc.||New York, NY||Apr 15, 2013||$44,700|
|Technical Editor and Translator||Russian and Slavic Language Services, Inc.||New York, NY||Apr 12, 2013||$44,700|
|Korean Technical Editor and Reviewer||Multiling Corporation||Provo, UT||Dec 14, 2012||$43,000|
|Technical Editor and Translator||Russian and Slavic Language Services, Inc.||New York, NY||Jan 08, 2016||$42,765|
|Technical Editor||Kuzmin & Associates PC||New York, NY||Sep 01, 2015||$42,429|
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