Editors typically review articles and content and make grammatical, punctuation and spelling corrections, check facts, develop story ideas with writers and approve copy submissions for publication. Those are just the basics. There are different editor careers you could pursue if you're interested in working as an editor. Some work for magazines, newspapers and book publishers, some work for websites and others work in television broadcasting.
You'll not only have to be proficient with a computer, but you'll also need a bachelor's degree in journalism, English or communications if you want to be considered for editor jobs. Experience in cross-media or mass-media is a plus, too, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). On-the-job experience is valuable, too, especially if you have a talent for writing and recognizing entertaining or important stories. Many times writers and reporters move up to editor jobs after putting in their time at magazines and newspapers.
Editorial Job Market
In 2012 the BLS reported a total of 115,300 editor jobs, but the outlook is actually in the negative for editor careers as online publications nudge print media to the side of the road. Although there will be some online editing jobs created, the number of editorial jobs in traditional print media is falling off at a faster pace than online jobs are being created. The115,300 editorial jobs reported in 2012 are expected to decrease over the next 10 years to 112,500 by 2022.
Editorial salaries are fairly good, if you can find a position. The average annual salary for editors is around $53,880. You'll work long hours to earn that wage, though, especially to hit deadlines leading up to publication. Also, many editors work as freelancers not only living with the pressure of getting work on a continual basis, but also accepting varied pay for doing the same job for different publications.