Editors

What do they do?

Plan, coordinate, or edit content of material for publication. May review proposals and drafts for possible publication. Includes technical editors.

Also known as:

Acquisitions Editor, Assignment Editor, Business Editor, Copy Editor, Editor, Features Editor, Legal Editor, News Editor, Newspaper Copy Editor, Science Editor, Sports Editor, Web Editor

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Editors in United States

Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Editors is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than average compared to all occupations.

Projected Employment

No Data Available

Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 11.3%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #4 in job growth rate
  • 490

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #6 in net job growth

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (5.4%)
  • Master's degree (22.1%)
  • Bachelor's degree (55.2%)
  • Associate's degree (4.3%)
  • Some college, no degree (8.5%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (4.1%)
  • Less than high school diploma (0.4%)

Percent of workers in this field

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Fluency of Ideas - The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Edit written materials.
  • Verify accuracy of data.
  • Determine presentation subjects or content.
  • Coordinate activities of production personnel.
  • Write informational material.
  • Manage content of broadcasts or presentations.

This page includes data from:

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Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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