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Should You Turn Your Love of Words Into an Editing Career?

Should You Turn Your Love of Words Into an Editing Career?

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Editor duties and responsibilities

Editor duties and responsibilities

Fixing grammar and spelling mistakes is a small part of an editor's work. Editors plan, coordinate, revise, correct and format content for publication.

Editors responsibilities:

  • Revising text for content, structure, length, tone, and voice issues.
  • Editing text for paragraph and sentence-level,
  • Giving feedback and supporting writers.
  • Developing ideas and assigning them to writers.
  • Communicating and coordinating with writers.
  • Managing budgets.
  • Setting and coordinating deadlines.
  • Tracking performance.


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Different kinds of editing

Editors usually focus on one type of medium. The most common areas include:

  • Book editing: Project managing the entire journey of the book and getting it published.
  • Newspaper editing. Editors edit text and ensure it matches the paper's voice, style, tone, and ethical standards.
  • Magazine editing. Editors bring an article from the idea phase through publication. They work with copy editors, fact-checkers, top editors, designers, illustrators, photographers and lawyers.
  • Online media and content editing.
  • Communications editing. Many organisations put out written internal and external communications.


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Logistical details of editing as a career

Editors can work for any company putting out written content. Editors can also work as freelancers for several clients. There are many opportunities to work remotely.

The career outlook: Editor positions are expected to grow 5% between 2020 and 2030, slower than the average for other occupations. Editor positions in information services are expected to grow 27.7%, while print magazines and newspapers are projected to decline 4.7%.


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Editor skills

  • Strong writing skills. You need to know how writing conveys messages and information and how different choices may affect how your piece is read.
  • Good communications skills
  • Knowledge of grammar and other language rules
  • Knowledge of story and/or article structure
  • Style guides and how to stick to them
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Organisational skills
  • Time management skills
  • Project management skills
  • Giving and receiving constructive feedback
  • Creativity
  • Adaptability
  • Ability to work under pressure


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Education, training, certification

  • Companies often require at least a bachelor's degree, with majors in English, journalism, communications.
  • You can also learn from managers and coworkers; however, companies will want to see that you know the basics of writing mechanics and structure.
  • Completing an internship in the industry can help your employment chances.


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Considering if editing is the right career

  • Do you love reading and language?
  • Do you want to be a lifelong learner? Some fields will require you to learn new things constantly.
  • Are you OK with working behind the scenes?
  • Do you really want to be a writer? Editors are often frustrated writers. If you want to write, then write.
  • Do you want to be a writer with a day job? You may find it difficult to write after a long day of editing, but it is not impossible.


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How to get a job as an editor

  • Read the medium you want to edit as hiring managers want to see that you're engaging with the industry.
  • Study the companies where you apply to. Look at their publications and websites.
  • Don't skip the cover letter. That is the first chance you have to show off your writing and editing skills.
  • Proofread all application materials.
  • Prepare for an editing test.


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