SOC: 27-3041.00


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

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
117,200 employed

Projected (2024):
111,000 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Advertising Editor
  • Art Editor
  • Assignment Editor
  • Avid Editor
  • Book Editor
  • Bureau Chief
  • Business Editor
  • Censor
  • City Editor
  • Communications Editor
  • Computer Publisher, Editing
  • Congressional Editor
  • Content Editor
  • Continuity Director
  • Continuity Editor
  • Continuity Reader
  • Copy Desk Chief
  • Copy Editor
  • Copy Reader
  • Department Editor
  • Design Editor
  • Dictionary Editor
  • Editor
  • Editor in Chief
  • Editor-in-Chief
  • Editorial Assistant
  • Editorial Director
  • Editorial Specialist
  • Executive Editor
  • Fashion Editor
  • Features Editor
  • Food Editor
  • Greeting Card Editor
  • Health Editor
  • Index Editor
  • Legal Editor
  • Magazine Editor
  • Make Up Editor
  • Managing Editor
  • Manuscript Editor
  • Manuscript Reader
  • Market Editor
  • Medical Editor
  • News Editor
  • Newspaper Copy Editor
  • Newspaper Editor
  • Newspaper Managing Editor
  • Newspaper Photo Editor
  • Online Editor
  • Photo Editor
  • Play Reader
  • Practice Area Editor
  • Production Editor
  • Program Proposals Coordinator
  • Proofreader
  • Publication Editor
  • Publications Editor
  • Publishing Editor
  • Reader
  • Reviewer
  • Rewrite Editor
  • Science Editor
  • Scientific Publications Editor
  • Script Editor
  • Script Reader
  • Slot Editor
  • Society Editor
  • Sports Editor
  • Story Editor
  • Story Reader
  • Technical Editor
  • Telegraph Editor
  • Web Editor

  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed


    A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.


    Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Prepare, rewrite and edit copy to improve readability, or supervise others who do this work.
  • Read copy or proof to detect and correct errors in spelling, punctuation, and syntax.
  • Allocate print space for story text, photos, and illustrations according to space parameters and copy significance, using knowledge of layout principles.
  • Plan the contents of publications according to the publication's style, editorial policy, and publishing requirements.
  • Verify facts, dates, and statistics, using standard reference sources.
  • Review and approve proofs submitted by composing room prior to publication production.
  • Develop story or content ideas, considering reader or audience appeal.
  • Oversee publication production, including artwork, layout, computer typesetting, and printing, ensuring adherence to deadlines and budget requirements.
  • Confer with management and editorial staff members regarding placement and emphasis of developing news stories.
  • Assign topics, events and stories to individual writers or reporters for coverage.
  • Read, evaluate and edit manuscripts or other materials submitted for publication and confer with authors regarding changes in content, style or organization, or publication.
  • Monitor news-gathering operations to ensure utilization of all news sources, such as press releases, telephone contacts, radio, television, wire services, and other reporters.
  • Meet frequently with artists, typesetters, layout personnel, marketing directors, and production managers to discuss projects and resolve problems.
  • Supervise and coordinate work of reporters and other editors.
  • Make manuscript acceptance or revision recommendations to the publisher.
  • Select local, state, national, and international news items received from wire services, based on assessment of items' significance and interest value.
  • Interview and hire writers and reporters or negotiate contracts, royalties, and payments for authors or freelancers.
  • Direct the policies and departments of newspapers, magazines and other publishing establishments.
  • Arrange for copyright permissions.
  • Read material to determine index items and arrange them alphabetically or topically, indicating page or chapter location.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Desktop computers
  • Digital still cameras
  • Digital video cameras
  • Laptop computers
  • Multi-line telephone systems
  • Personal computers
  • Precision rulers
  • Teleconferencing equipment
  • Universal serial bus USB flash drives
  • Video editing equipment
  • Videoconferencing equipment
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat
  • Adobe Systems Adobe AfterEffects
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Captivate
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Adobe Systems Adobe FrameMaker
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Systems Adobe InCopy
  • Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software
  • After the Deadline
  • Apple Final Cut Pro
  • Apple iWork Keynote
  • AutoCrit Editing Wizard
  • Avid Technology Media Composer
  • Cascading Style Sheets CSS
  • CCI Newsgate
  • Drupal
  • Editor Software Stylewriter
  • Elite Minds RightWriter
  • Extensible markup language XML
  • Facebook
  • File transfer protocol FTP software
  • FileMaker Pro software
  • Google Analytics
  • Grammarly Editor
  • HP Autonomy TeamSite
  • Hypertext markup language HTML
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • Microsoft SharePoint software
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Microsoft Word
  • myWriterTools
  • Orpheus Technology Pro Writing Aid
  • Polycom RealPresence software
  • QuarkXPress
  • Style guide databases
  • Twitter
  • Web browser software
  • Web content management system CMS software
  • Whitesmoke
  • WordPress

  • arts design entertainment sports and media

    industry stats

    SOC: 27-0000

    Total Employed: 1,843,600

    Average Annual Salary: $56,980