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Become A Technical Editor

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Working As A Technical 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

  • $46,924

    Average Salary

What Does A Technical Editor Do

A Technical Editor reviews materials presented by technical writers for clarity, punctuation, grammar, and content. They assist in preparing material for technical seminars and business forums.

How To Become A Technical 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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Real Technical Editor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Technical Editor Cadence Design Systems, Inc. Chelmsford, MA Feb 10, 2015 $124,184 -
$134,184
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 -
$127,530
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 and Translator The Languageworks, Inc. New York, NY Aug 19, 2013 $52,000
Technical Editor Esperanto Inc. DBA Marketlogic Miami, FL Dec 14, 2007 $52,000
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
Technical Editor and Translator Russian and Slavic Language Services, Inc. New York, NY Aug 11, 2015 $42,286

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Top Skills for A Technical Editor

ProceduresStyleGuideTechnicalDocumentsWebContentSubjectMatterExpertsTechnicalEditingPowerpointSharepointProposalTechnicalManualsTechnicalReportsWindowsServerSafetyTrainingMaterialsHtmlUserInterfaceTechnicalAccuracyFramemakerInternetSuite

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Top Technical Editor Skills

  1. Procedures
  2. Style Guide
  3. Technical Documents
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Conducted meetings (planned, prepared, and presented) to explain regulations and procedures.
  • Led project for creating departmental Style Guide and supervised establishment and enforcement of departmental processes and creation of departmental Process Handbook.
  • Edited technical documents of various sources and subject matter for technical accuracy and readability.
  • Designed marketing campaigns and related web content that increased new article submission and brought in updates that improved existing articles.
  • Work with the subject matter experts when content or associated metadata needs clarification.

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