Editors

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

Salary at 10th Percentile: $30,830
Median Salary: $58,770
Salary at 90th Percentile: $114,460

Read copy or proof to detect and correct errors in spelling, punctuation, and syntax.

Verify facts, dates, and statistics, using standard reference sources.

Read, evaluate and edit manuscripts or other materials submitted for publication and confer with authors regarding changes in content, style or organization, or publication.

Develop story or content ideas, considering reader or audience appeal.

Prepare, rewrite and edit copy to improve readability, or supervise others who do this work.

Oversee publication production, including artwork, layout, computer typesetting, and printing, ensuring adherence to deadlines and budget requirements.

Write text, such as stories, articles, editorials, or newsletters.

Supervise and coordinate work of reporters and other editors.

Confer with management and editorial staff members regarding placement and emphasis of developing news stories.

Plan the contents of publications according to the publication's style, editorial policy, and publishing requirements.

Review and approve proofs submitted by composing room prior to publication production.

Assign topics, events and stories to individual writers or reporters for coverage.

Meet frequently with artists, typesetters, layout personnel, marketing directors, and production managers to discuss projects and resolve problems.

Technology
Example
Hot Technology
Document management software
Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat
Video creation and editing software
Adobe Systems Adobe AfterEffects
Computer based training software
Adobe Systems Adobe Captivate
Graphics or photo imaging software
Adobe Systems Adobe Creative Cloud
Web page creation and editing software
Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver
Desktop publishing software
Adobe Systems Adobe FrameMaker
Word processing software
Adobe Systems Adobe InCopy
Presentation software
Apple iWork Keynote
Web platform development software
Cascading Style Sheets CSS
Enterprise application integration software
Extensible markup language XML
Internet protocol IP multimedia subsystem software
File transfer protocol FTP software
Data base user interface and query software
FileMaker Pro
Data mining software
Google Analytics
Information retrieval or search software
LexisNexis
Spreadsheet software
Microsoft Excel
Office suite software
Microsoft Office
Electronic mail software
Microsoft Outlook
Project management software
Microsoft SharePoint
Video conferencing software
Polycom RealPresence
Instant messaging software
Twitter
Internet browser software
Web browser software
Tool
Example
Hot Technology
Desktop computers
Desktop computers
Digital cameras
Digital still cameras
Digital camcorders or video cameras
Digital video cameras
Notebook computers
Laptop computers
Special purpose telephones
Multi-line telephone systems
Personal computers
Personal computers
Rulers
Precision rulers
Teleconference equipment
Teleconferencing equipment
Flash memory storage card
Universal serial bus USB flash drives
Video editors
Video editing equipment
Videoconferencing systems
Videoconferencing equipment
English Language
95%
Importance

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
88%
Importance

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
59%
Importance

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.

Clerical
56%
Importance

Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Education and Training
56%
Importance

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Customer and Personal Service
53%
Importance

Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Computers and Electronics
52%
Importance

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Law and Government
42%
Importance

Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

Geography
41%
Importance

Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.

Telecommunications
41%
Importance

Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

Reading Comprehension
97%
Importance

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Writing
81%
Importance

Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Active Listening
72%
Importance

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
72%
Importance

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Speaking
69%
Importance

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Time Management
60%
Importance

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Quality Control Analysis
56%
Importance

Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

Active Learning
53%
Importance

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Social Perceptiveness
53%
Importance

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Complex Problem Solving
53%
Importance

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Written Comprehension
97%
Importance

The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Written Expression
91%
Importance

The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Oral Comprehension
75%
Importance

The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Oral Expression
75%
Importance

The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Fluency of Ideas
72%
Importance

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
72%
Importance

The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Speech Recognition
72%
Importance

The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.

Speech Clarity
72%
Importance

The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

Category Flexibility
66%
Importance

The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.

Originality
63%
Importance

The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.

Interacting With Computers
89%
Importance

Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

Getting Information
86%
Importance

Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
79%
Importance

Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

Thinking Creatively
77%
Importance

Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
75%
Importance

Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

Making Decisions and Solving Problems
74%
Importance

Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

Processing Information
72%
Importance

Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
72%
Importance

Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
70%
Importance

Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
68%
Importance

Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

Edit written materials.

Design layouts for print publications.

Verify accuracy of data.

Determine presentation subjects or content.

Coordinate activities of production personnel.

Discuss production content and progress with others.

Coordinate reporting or editing activities.

Manage content of broadcasts or presentations.

Negotiate for services.

Audition or interview potential performers or staff members.

Select staff, team members, or performers.

Manage operations of artistic or entertainment departments or organizations.

Obtain copyrights or other legal permissions.

Write informational material.

Face-to-Face Discussions

How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?

Indoors, Environmentally Controlled

How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?

Electronic Mail

How often do you use electronic mail in this job?

Contact With Others

How much does this job require the worker to be in contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise) in order to perform it?

Work With Work Group or Team

How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?

Telephone

How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?

Spend Time Sitting

How much does this job require sitting?

Importance of Being Exact or Accurate

How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?

Frequency of Decision Making

How frequently is the worker required to make decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the image and reputation of the organization?

Time Pressure

How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?

Major
Mass Communication/Media Studies
Journalism
Broadcast Journalism
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
Creative Writing
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing
Business/Corporate Communications, General
Artistic

Score: 90 / 100

Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

Enterprising

Score: 86 / 100

Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.

Conventional

Score: 57 / 100

Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Investigative

Score: 29 / 100

Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

Social

Score: 29 / 100

Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Realistic

Score: 19 / 100

Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Attention to Detail
91%
Importance

Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

Integrity
87%
Importance

Job requires being honest and ethical.

Cooperation
84%
Importance

Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

Adaptability/Flexibility
84%
Importance

Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.

Dependability
83%
Importance

Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

Stress Tolerance
82%
Importance

Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.

Initiative
79%
Importance

Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

Leadership
76%
Importance

Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.

Innovation
75%
Importance

Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

Self Control
73%
Importance

Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.

Independence
86%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.

Achievement
76%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.

Recognition
71%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Working Conditions
62%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.

Relationships
62%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.

Support
57%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.

Career
Advertising and Promotions Managers
Art Directors
Talent Directors
Commercial and Industrial Designers
Fashion Designers
Program Directors
Interior Designers
Curators
Film and Video Editors
Web Developers